ATHENS, Ala. – Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson has confirmed to WHNT News 19 that a bomb threat called in to Athens High School came from outside the U.S. He said he cannot release where the call originated from, though.
The threat was the second threat to the school, coming just one day after a message written on a bathroom wall caused a lockdown. School administrators evacuated the school August 19 because of the bomb threat. All students were sent home for the day.
Johnson says his department has limited jurisdiction in this case since it is now an international investigation. His department is limited to asking for help from other authorities.
Athens Police are working with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the Tennessee Fusion Center. Tennessee authorities are trying to work with Alabama authorities to determine if this bomb threat was related to others called into other schools.