Threat made to “shoot up” Calera High School

Published 9:45 am Thursday, September 27, 2018

CALERA – A threat to “shoot up” Calera High School is not considered to be a credible threat, according to the Calera Police Department.

According to police, a text message was anonymously sent to a student at 12 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, making the threat. The message was then posted on social media.

“This information was thoroughly investigated throughout the night and involved the assistance of the FBI,” Calera police stated in a message posted to their Facebook page. “We have made contact with those involved in circulating the text. While we will continue to take this case seriously, we do not believe this to be a creditable threat. However, we will maintain an increased presence at the schools while we continue to investigate this case.

Shelby County Schools spokeswoman Cindy Warner said the SCS became aware of the threat overnight and immediately contacted police. Warner said CPD was aware and already investigating the threat.

Calera High School continues to work with the various law enforcement agencies to ensure student safety, Warner added. Calera Elementary School Principal Genet Holcomb sent a message out to parents ensuring them that safety is her top priority.

“Please be assured that we are aware of the information regarding a threat to Calera High School,” Holcomb stated in an email sent to all parents. “In light of that information, we are taking extra safety precautions to protect our students and continue with our instructional day. We will also have police present. If the need arises, we will go into lock down.”

Holcomb stated that students know what to do in a lock down situation because they recently did practice drills.