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Heightened security at Saraland High following "security threat"

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Saraland superintendent says security at high school will be heightened Thursday, Oct. 12th (Photo: Asha Staples, Reporter) Saraland superintendent says security at high school will be heightened Thursday, Oct. 12th (Photo: Asha Staples, Reporter)
SARALAND, AL (WALA) -

If you're a parent of a Saraland student you may notice more police presence at the schools Thursday, October 12. FOX10 News has learned its for student's safety following what can be considered a security threat.

Threats aren't taken lightly to Dr. Aaron Milner.

"I've got 300 professionals who are trained to improve the academic achievement in math, English, science and social studies but due to the actions of one deviant, we've been distracted from that goal. Or I should say, I've been distracted," Milner said.

On Monday the Saraland superintendent sent a letter home to parents about what was perceived as a threat from someone who was using a school computer. 

"Apparently an individual was able to change the username, because it's a universal username and password, they changed it to a username that could be perceived as a threat and they listed a date of this coming Thursday," Milner explained.

Because the threat is under investigation, Dr. Milner couldn't go into exact detail about what that threat was. But one high school parent told me it was in reference to a shooting.

"I thought 'wow what do we do?' because sending our children to school you would think that they'd be safe. But should we let her go to school or let her sit out that day or what?" Harold Griffin said.

Harris says after hearing from the superintendent about heightened security, he wasn't as worried.

"Based on everything that's going on, I don't try to teach my child to live in fear but to be cautious about what is happening. Don't take it lightly but at the same time do whatever you can in order to protect yourself and just watch out," Griffin said.

Dr. Milner hopes whoever is responsible for making the threat is punished to the highest extent of law.

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