Athens school administrators defend their response to stabbing incident

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) -- City school superintendent Trey Holladay says he is proud of the way staff responded the stabbing incident inside the locker room at the Athens High School Field House Tuesday.

Holladay said the high school was not placed on lock down following the stabbing because they did not want to spread fear and hysteria among the other students who were not impacted.

Parents did not immediately receive any electronic alerts about the situation, and that is something Holladay says the school system is looking at fixing for the future.

"Whenever tragedy happens we defiantly want to make sure we evaluate our plan and evaluate the reaction to our plan and make sure we handled everything appropriate and anyway we can improve, we will improve," Holladay told WHNT Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday all schools in the Athens system will operate on their regular schedules, but if parents wish to have personal time with their child instead, then the child's absence will be excused.

Read our blog of the events Tuesday afternoon.

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