Sheriff’s Office Investigates Alleged Threat At Sylvania High School

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SYLVANIA, Ala. (WHNT) - The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office had extra deputies at Sylvania School on Tuesday due to a threatening message written on a bathroom wall.

Principal Westley King said someone used a pencil to write "Everyone Will Die March 5" on the wall in the boys' bathroom in the science building.

King said he learned about it about 1:40 p.m. Monday after a student saw the words and reported it to a teacher.  School officials called Sylvania Police and the Sheriff's Office.

"With it being some kind of threat, we did take it seriously and notified the proper personnel and tried to make sure we had the proper security here just in case," Principal King said.

"I asked them to send some extra officers, just to make sure we protect our children at Sylvania," King said.  "We want to take all the precautions we can to make sure everybody's safe, and feel safe to send their kids to school."

Sheriff Jimmy Harris said deputies kept watch at the school overnight and had extra investigators on patrol in the area throughout the day in addition to an SRO on campus.

"It's something that we've got to do.  It upsets me that a kid can take a whatever and go in a bathroom and write something stupid on the wall and then we have to spend thousands of dollars of manpower to keep the kids safe but that's what we're going to do," Sheriff Harris said.

"Whatever it takes. We're going to make sure they're safe. Take every precaution we can," Harris added.

Principal King said some students told him or their teachers they overheard some other students talking about claiming responsibility for doing the threat.  He said there there were officers talking to several students during the day who might be possible suspects.

Harris said if it is a juvenile they will send the culprit to juvenile court and if the student is 18 years old, they will prosecute the person as an adult on a charge of a terrorist threat.

"We've got other things we need to be dealing with -- thefts, meth, spice -- all these other cases that we need to be working instead of pulling power from here and having to send them up [to the school]," Sheriff Harris said.

"I hope we get somebody that we can get an arrest and maybe get some of this stopped."

School officials said the culprit would also face consequences from the administration.

"It will be severe, but I don't know exactly what the punishment will be," King said.

"We want to discourage this, because we don't want our parents, we don't want our kids, our teachers, worried or scared to send their kids to school.  We don't want that.  We want everybody to feel safe here at school and feel like they can send their children without worrying.  We're going to try to discourage anything like this from happening in the future."

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