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School leaders defend lock down at Tusc. Co. High School

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    Some Tuscaloosa County High School parents remain outraged at what they call an "all day" lock down Thursday.

    Marylou Cox's two children attend the school.  She says they were left in the dark all day while thinking something serious was happening.  "Text messaging between parents.  Facebook messaging, emails and not to know anything.  My kids couldn't let me know they were ok.," Cox explained.

    Superintendent Liz Swinford tells ABC 33/40 she posted a notice for parents on the school system's facebook page the moment the 'lock down' began.  She says the drill was random, planned one week in advance and done only to promote a safe school environment.  "They [parents] can tell me what else I can do, other than a phone call home.  What else can I do in order to make them aware. But, I will not let them know in advance." said Swinford.

    No weapons were found during the drill.

    Swinford says the safety drills are required by low and there are more to come.  However, she won't say when or what school.

   

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