MACON CO., AL (WSFA) - The Macon County School System says it will have regularly scheduled classes Tuesday, a day after a 'credible threat' forced every public school and a private school to close. An active investigation is ongoing, according to county officials.
Sheriff Andre Brunson received a call Monday morning from Watch Center, an agency that monitors social media for threatening posts. That agency came across a post that was deemed "credible and severe" and notified law enforcement.
Brunson and Macon County Superintendent Dr. Jacqueline Brooks said the decision to close schools was a no-brainer and added that school would not resume until they were sure the threat is no longer imminent and the person responsible is in custody.
Despite reopening Tuesday, it's unclear if an arrest has been made.
"Unfortunately, we cannot yet speak to the specific details of the matter but are glad to know that our officials jumped on it," Brooks said in a Monday afternoon statement announcing Tuesday's reopening.
"Our kid's safety is first," Brunson explained. "I'm not going to second guess talking to the superintendent about closing the school, especially when there's a credible threat that somebody might be shooting up the school. we can talk about it, we can second guess, but I think it's the right decision,"
Brooks said safety is always the priority.
"Safety is our first priority. Learning cannot occur when we have situations like this at hand when parents are concerned about their children. all 2,100 students here are my children, as well my birth children are here, and so our first thing is safety,"
Brooks promised that once her schools are back to regular routine, she will do everything she can to make sure her students and their parents feel safe at school.
Noell Anderson, a mother of three Macon County School students, praises the swift action taken by law enforcement officials and school officials.
"It scared me, but I was glad superintendent Dr. Brooks and Sheriff Brunson acted so quickly and to make sure the kids were safe," said Anderson.
The agency that first alerted Sheriff Brunson to the "credible threat," watchcenters.com, is comprised of a team of combat-wounded Veterans that monitors social media for threatening post.
"It is our protocol, especially if we see a school threat, is to work directly with law enforcement until that threat is basically neutralized. In this case the sheriff, police, and outlying law enforcement operated in text book fashion we could not have asked for better," Bob Dowling, Founder of WatchCenters.com.
A make-up day for Monday's closure will be determined soon.