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Officials put security plan in place after anonymous threat made against Florence High and Freshman Center

FLORENCE, Ala. – Heightened security will be on site at Florence High School and Freshmen Center on Friday.

Superintendent Jimmy Shaw says there was an anonymous threat made against the school.  Shaw says, after meeting with Florence police, a plan has been put in place which includes additional officers on campus.

Students at Florence High School and Freshmen Center are expected to be in class Friday.

Friday morning, Florence Police shared some words of assurance for worried parents. A post to Facebook reads in full:

Parents of Students in Florence City Schools:

I would like to assure each of you this morning that your police department is doing our diligence to ensure all Florence City Schools are a safe place for your children to learn, play, and grow. Since yesterday afternoon, the Florence Police Department and city school officials have been hard at work ensuring the safety of all students. If there were additional precautions we felt like you needed to take, we would be the first to tell you. We will have an enhanced presence in and around Schools today. We also remain convinced that on any given day, including today, the Florence City Schools are among the safest places within our city. We want to focus on safety and security so students and faculty focus on teaching and learning.

We are fully aware of the message from yesterday. We will continue to look into the matter and exhaust all leads. In the meantime, you will see an increased presence around our schools. We won’t pretend to tell you what is best for your children. I will assure you that the police department and Florence City Schools feel responsible for the safety of your children. We take that responsibility very seriously. #OneFlorence

Chief Ron Tyler