On Tuesday, many parents in Fort Payne received a phone call you never want to hear.

Fort Payne Superintendent Jim Cunningham sent out an alert message warning parents of a potential “threat of violence” made against Fort Payne High School.

Cunningham said he was alerted late Monday by local police, who had been contacted about the threat allegedly made in a chat message online.

Local officials acted quickly to make sure that parents were alerted, and that additional officers were placed on campus to monitor activity throughout the day.

Chief Randy Bynum said he would continue to provide support at the school for the forseeable future if necessary.

We’re thankful today for officials who acted quickly to ensure the safety of our students.

Our View is the opinion of the Times-Journal’s editorial board, which includes Publisher Tricia Clinton-Dunne and Managing Editor Bradley Roberts.

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