Police determine Decatur High threat originated in Nevada

Police determine Decatur High threat originated in Nevada

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Decatur school officials confirmed police are questioning several people in connection with threats made on Facebook against Decatur High School.

Decatur police said they worked with Facebook to learn that the post originated on a newly created account from a person in Nevada. The person used local names and pretended to be a student at Decatur High.

Several viewers sent in screenshots from Facebook in which two Decatur High Schools - one in Alabama, the other in Tacoma, Washington, are tagged.

In each post, the writer claims to plan an attack at school.

The locally named subjects were questioned, but there were not arrests made.

A phone call to parents confirmed staff were made aware of a threat to the faculty at Decatur High School and that police detained a person of interest for questioning.

School will be on normal schedule Tuesday, but extra safety measures will be in place.

"We've been cooperating with DPD in regard to this threat," said Dwight Satterfield, Supervisor of Operations and School Safety. "We will have extra security measures to ease everyone's fears. We feel at this time the issue has been resolved."

Ed Nichols, the superintendent of Decatur City Schools, posted a statement to Facebook late Monday night:

This evening our district became aware of a threat on Facebook directed toward DHS. At this time, the DPD has detained someone concerning this incident. We are planning on having school tomorrow at DHS and we will have added security due to this incident. I appreciate the quick response of the DPD, Dwight Satterfield, Dr. Travis Schrimsher and many in our community that shared information with us in the past several hours. As always the safety of our teachers, staff and students is our first priority.

Police said there is no evidence to believe a "credible local threat" exists despite the "very disturbing information" in the post.

The investigation is ongoing and police are working with Decatur City Schools and other agencies to find the source of the post. Police ask that you do not repost the original post on Facebook.

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