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UPDATE: Student Confesses To Making Threat

By: The News Center Email
By: The News Center Email

UPDATE: 12/18/2012 4:25 PM

A Wirt County High School student confesses to making a bomb threat.

The West Virginia State Police say while conducting interviews with students, they got the confession from a 16 year old female student. The student's name will not be released.

Criminal charges are pending and officials say it will be a felony.

The West Virginia State Police and The Wirt County Sheriff's Office are coordinating the case.

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UPDATE: 12/17/2012 4:35 PM

Students at Wirt County High School were evacuated to a nearby church as police and bomb sniffing dogs comb through the area making sure this wasn't a credible threat.

It all started Monday morning when the high school received a bomb threat causing an evacuation there and lockdowns at both Wirt County Primary Center and Wirt County Middle Schools.

"We had notification within our high school building and at that time we followed those protocols that we have as far as locking our building down, evacuating our students," says Wirt County Schools Superintendent, Daniel Metz.

Parents had the option to pick up their children and many did given the recent events in Connecticut.

"Just wanted to take her home, that way I know she's safe," parent Jerry Sharp says.

"Just cuz they're my kids. It just makes me nervous," Trisha, another parent adds.

Both school officials and parents say they're not completely surprised by the threat.

"It's just sad that people have to do this to upset our children and make life crazy as it is anyway," parent Kerry says.

"No it doesn't surprise me, but yes it does. Our students have never been prone to this type of activity so we are disappointed in that but that's the way our society is about now people like to see the panic and like to see other people be in pain," Metz says.

While in the next coming weeks, schools around the nation will begin to evaluate their emergency plans, officials in Wirt County say this lockdown and evacuation wasn't a drill but it was very organized and went smoothly.

"Within five minutes of receiving notification of a bomb issue, we put out to all our parents what was going on," Metz says.

Officials say there were no signs of explosive devices in any of the schools.

Students were allowed back into their classrooms at 2:30 and are to report to school on Tuesday.

State police say they're not providing any more details to the media on Monday. They also won't say if it was a credible threat and where or who the threat came from. We've placed calls into West Virginia State Police headquarters in Charleston for further comment and have yet to hear back from them.

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UPDATE: 12/17/2012 3:50 PM

The lockdown at Wirt County Schools has been lifted as police try to figure out who made a bomb threat to the high school.

School officials say the high school was cleared and students were allowed back into their classrooms at 2:30. Bus services are running as normal and students are to report back to school on Tuesday.
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UPDATE 12/17/2012 2:55PM

Latest details from Wirt County Emergency Service Director Bo Wriston.

Wirt County High School has been swept and verified clear by West Virginia State Police K-9 units, and students are being returned to the High School at this time.
Wirt County Schools are out of lockdown. Please contact the Wirt County Board of Education for additional information regarding after school sport and academic schedules for this evening.
Bus schedule will run as normal.
No further updates for this incident are expected.

UPDATE 12/17/2012 1:00pm

These details are from Wirt County Emergency Services Director Bo Wriston.

Wirt County Schools are still in lockdown. All students are SAFE! Wirt County High School students have been evacuated to the Elizabeth Baptist Fellowship Hall and are being fed lunch. Parents may sign out students from the Fellowship Hall as per normal protocols.

Wirt County Primary Center and Wirt County Middle School remain on lockdown. No threats have been made against these schools, and all students are SAFE! parents may sign out students at both schools per normal protocols.

Drug-detection canines are in route from Morgantown as these were the closest available dogs. As soon as the dogs arrive, sweep the school, and no explosives are detected, the school system is expected to return to normal operations.

Bus schedule will run as normally scheduled. No after-school activities have been cancelled at this time.
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A secretary at the Wirt County Board of Education now says all schools in the county are on lockdown.

No other information is available at this time.

Stay tuned to WTAP News & TheNewsCenter.TV for the latest information as it becomes available.


Wirt county High School is on lockdown this afternoon after receiving a bomb threat.

The Wirt County Sheriff's Office is at the high school investigating the threat.

Wirt County OES confirms the school is on lockdown and all students have been evacuated and are safe.

No further details are available at this time.

Stay tuned to WTAP News for more on this story develops.


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