ATHENS — Despite rumors that have circulated heavily on social media sites, no threats against any Athens ISD campuses have been received by anyone in the district, Superintendent Blake Stiles said in a statement on the district's website.
Stiles' statement, which can be found on the homepage for athensisd.net, reads in full:
"At this time, no threats have been confirmed against any Athens ISD campus. However, for precautionary measures, extra security will be posted on each campus Friday, December 21. Our number one priority is our students' safety."
Athens schools will release today for holiday break.
The issue of campus security has been a sensitive topic around the country since the December 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 students and six adults were murdered by a 20-year-old man. Various news outlets across the country have reported schools being placed on lockdown due to alleged threats.