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|Written by Karen Leidy|
“In an abundance of caution, we have a strong, visible presence of law enforcement officers at each campus today,” reads an official statement from Fairfield ISD, issued Monday, February 27, 2017.
According to one parent, who provided a picture taken by a student, the threat came in the form of writing on a bathroom wall (see picture below). The message read: “Im going to shoot up the school feb 27th.”
According to Acting Superintendent Tony Price, once notified of the threat, FISD officials, including SRO Chief Barlow, immediately began working collaboratively with Fairfield Police Department and Freestone County Sheriff’s Office to conduct a thorough investigation.
“In an effort to maintain the integrity of the investigation, initial parent notification was delayed,” reads the school’s official statement. “We are committed to bringing the investigation to a close as quickly as possible, and have full confidence that the situation will be resolved.
Some parents made the choice to keep their children at home on Monday. According to Acting Superintendent Price, these absences will be considered excused.
It is not known, as of press time, how many students were absent, but Price admitted that attendance was off that day.
One positive that may come out of this incident is an addition to school policy that would outline the steps in communication that school officials would take, when such threats are made. According to the Acting Superintendent, members of FISD Board of Trustees have voiced the need for such policy.
In the meantime, Fairfield school officials will continue working with local law enforcement to ensure that students and staff are safe.
Anyone that has information regarding this threat that could assist in the investigation, please notify Fairfield ISD, SRO Chief Barlow, Fairfield Police Department or the Freestone County Sheriff’s Office.