All public schools in Fayette County were closed Monday and Tuesday after School District Superintendent Jim Burkhalter received an email threatening the safety of the facilities.

The decision to close the schools came around 10 a.m. Monday and was announced on the district's social media pages and website.

Late Monday evening, the district announced that all schools would remain closed Tuesday due to additional threats received.

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In a brief interview with the Tuscaloosa Thread Tuesday morning, Fayette County Sheriff Byron Yerby said he and his deputies are working with local municipal entities as well as the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, the FBI and the ATF to investigate these threats, their validity and their author.

"We take this extremely seriously, and our top priority right now is the safety of our students and faculty at these schools," Yerby said Tuesday morning.

He said the Fayette County School Board would convene sometime Tuesday afternoon to make a decision on whether to send students back to class Wednesday.

Stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread for more details as they become available.

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