School leaders work to improve safety plan after stabbing

ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - Changes are being made at Athens High School

in October.

School leaders took action after one student stabbed another in the fieldhouse.

The biggest complaint from parents after the attack was lack of communication. Leaders are making an effort to improve the alert system.

They have done that by conducting several meeting with school leaders, community members, and teachers. They also got parents and student involved in the process.

Superintendent Trey Holladay said they want the system to be sustainable and well thought out.

The system will not be in place until February and will likely be something that allows people to sign up for alerts by going to a website.

If anything happens, an alert will be sent to those who are signed up for the notifications.

Holladay said he hopes the new alert system will meet parents' expectations.

"We had a plan, we did a good job of the plan, but it wasn't what everyone expected it to be," said Holladay. "In this day and age with the things that are going on in the world, anything we can do to improve our safety or our children's safety, we should look into."

The superintendent said they are working to create a plan for where parents could physically go to get information in case of an emergency.

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