Cullman County, City Schools under increased security due to online threats

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CULLMAN COUNTY – Both Cullman County Schools and Cullman City Schools will have increased security Thursday, following online threats made Wednesday night.

Ed Roberson, chief financial officer of Cullman County Schools, said while county schools are not on soft lockdown, there are more Cullman County Sheriff's Office deputies on campuses.

"All the rumors have been followed up on, and no credible threats have been found. They were just rumors," said Roberson. "Schools are not under a soft lockdown today. We do have some additional safety measures in place. We have some additional staff from the central office as well as and some additional officers from the sheriff's department at some schools today. We want everybody to know that any time there's some type of questionable social media post, that we always report it to the proper authorities to be investigated. We take anything like that very seriously, and we hope that they're able to determine who's doing this so those people can be dealt with as soon as possible."

Roberson said the threats were made from fake social media profiles.

The social media pages for Vinemont High School and Good Hope High School each had posts about the incidents.

Cullman City Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Patterson said, "Due to the threats made against area schools, Cullman City Schools will operate under increased safety. Our schools will be following their soft lockdown procedures to better ensure student safety. These efforts are being made in the best interest of student and staff safety, and are not due to any direct threat against schools within our district."

This is a developing story.

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