School Delays across the Tennessee Valley

Drills proven successful after Wednesday bomb threat

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ATHENS, Ala. - Students at Athens High School were back in their classrooms today, uninterrupted, after two days off from bomb threats.

At the beginning of each school year, every student is drilled on what to do in the event of an emergency.

“The fire drill we do once a month and the other drills we do once a semester,” said Trey Holladay, Superintendent, Athens City Schools.

From fire, to tornadoes, to emergency evacuations; they know them all.  ”If you don’t know that routine and it’s not second nature, then that becomes a problem,” said Holladay.

Causing possible chaos and wasting precious time when every second counts.

Wednesday was proof these drills work, after Athens High School evacuated in less than five minutes because of a bomb threat. ”They know right where to go, what to do, how to do it,” said Holladay.

On Wednesday they were escorted to the football field, but Holladay says when it involves a dangerous person that is threatening the school; their plans can change at a moment’s notice. ”Next time it may be different than what it was this time. The reason why is we have to mix it up,” said Holladay.

It’s all in an effort to keep every child safe.

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