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UPDATE: No threat found in Abbeville schools

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Posted at 11:43 AM, Mar 04, 2020

UPDATE: All of Abbeville's schools were on lockdown today, but no threats were found.

Schools were dismissed normally and will be back in session tomorrow.

Superintendent Brad Prudhomme said he was at one of the elementary schools for dismissal, because he wanted to see how the children were. It didn't faze them, he said.

"The weather's not the best, so that may have helped," he said. "They were fine."

Prudhomme said central officer personnel were at each school at dismissal.

Prudhomme says the system takes every threat seriously.

"We have no choice," he said.

Earlier today, he said the system received an anonymous call with a threat to an Abbeville school. It wasn't specific, he said.

The schools are on partial lockdown, and have added security, he said. The children are safe, and school is going on as usual, he said. The outside doors are just locked to secure the buildings, he said.

Earlier, Abbeville Police said they are investigating.

"We are investigating a possible threat towards a school," said Lt. Jonathon Touchet. "The threat didn't name any particular school."

There's no reason for parents to panic, he said. As soon as more information is available it will be released, he said.

No evacuations have been ordered, he said.

In the past, Vermilion school officials have described a partial lockdown as allowing school to continue as there is not an immediate threat. During a partial lockdown, all of the outside doors of the school are locked. No one can enter or leave the building under a partial lockdown, they've told us in the past.