Fayette County Schools to reopen Wednesday following bomb threat emails


FAYETTE COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating bomb threats that caused schools in the county to close Tuesday.

Sheriff Deputies in Fayette County are investigating several bomb threats emailed to the school superintendent and a principal. Students were dismissed early Monday morning and classes were cancelled Tuesday as a precaution.

Fayette County Sheriff Byron Yerby says his investigators will track down the person responsible for sending the email threats.

According to FCSO, someone emailed three separate threats to the superintendent and one of the school principals Monday. As a precaution, all schools in Fayette County were closed. Following an initial inspection, all schools were later found to be safe and secure. The schools will be reopen Wednesday.

The person responsible for the emails has yet to be found.

“We are going to find you, it might take a few days but we will find you and we will use all available resources we have until we have someone in custody”.  

The FBI and SBI are assisting in the case,  police bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in to search all the schools but no devices were located.

Superintendent Jim Burkhalter tells CBS 42 nothing like this has ever happened under his watch.  He and the Sheriff took the threats seriously and decided to close school Monday and Tuesday.

“Well we’ve never had a threat since I’ve been superintendent and we took them very seriously and local and state law enforcement was notified,” Burkhalter said. “We did thorough searches of the schools and we put safety first of students and teachers.”

All county schools will reopen Wednesday morning, Burkhalter says each campus is safe and has been inspected.


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