PHS Students Return to Class; No Bomb Found at School

By: Bruce Layman Email
By: Bruce Layman Email

Students at Parkersburg High School resumed a normal schedule Monday afternoon, following a morning bomb threat targeting PHS that was called into the Wood County 911 Center.

Following the evacuation of PHS Monday, police with at least one bomb-sniffing dog swept the Field House. Once it was declared safe, students were allowed into the Field House where lunch was served.

A thorough search of the school was conducted.

Sue Woodward, Director of Public Relations for Wood County Board of Education, told WTAP-TV at 1:25 pm Monday parents and legal guardians are NOT encouraged to pick up students from the school.

If parents and legal guardians insisted on picking up students, they first had to go to an information center established at the corner of 20th Street and Dudley Avenue. School authorities verified the identity of parents and guardians through picture IDs. Authorities then escorted students from school to the waiting parents and guardians.

The call to the Wood County 911 Center came in at 11:08 Monday morning. The caller, in a "disguised voice," told a dispatcher that there was a bomb at PHS.

No other Wood County schools received threats. Woodward said all county schools were put on "heightened alert" in case a copycat tried to call in another bomb threat.


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  • by Anonymous Location: southside on Sep 10, 2008 at 02:34 PM
    lets treat these people that are calling in bomb threats as if they are "terrorist no matter what there age is because they have been told over and over what will happen use these kids or adults as an exsample that it will no longer be accepted you will get harsh punishment it the threats stop here...........
  • by future phs parent Location: parkersburg on Sep 9, 2008 at 11:30 AM
    This is absolutely crazy. I don't have a child at PHS yet but I will in a few short years. If my child was there I would pick her up and she would not go back until this is stopped. They can sugar coat it if they want but call it what it is, "terrorism". Just because some goof ball is playing a prank doesn't lesson the crime. When they catch them they need to serve their time. This is very serious criminal offense. What if someone is just crazy enough to set a bomb. This is our children we are talking about. Can we afford to take any chances. It should not take 20 minutes to get them out of there. Are we not prepared for an emergency by now or are we just taking these threats litely. I understand that these are sticky situations and not easy to handle but you can't expect the parents not to come and get their children out of there. To whoever is doing this, grow up and stop terrorising this town. There are a lot of kids who actually want to go to school and learn without fear.
  • by Upset Mom Location: Parkersburg on Sep 9, 2008 at 06:28 AM
    I have two children that go to PHS. I recieved a phone call @ 1:27 pm,recording from Mr. Board that I was allowed to pick up my children and sign them out at the corner of 20th and Dudley. I got to the School @ 2:20pm and was ready to sign my children out, when they announced that the children had to go back to class and that we could not get our Kids. After this announcement all you know what broke out. In the mist of this a parent who was very upset that he could not get his child and had left work said "this school system sucks"! Next thing I knew a teacher,got up in the parents face and verbally attacked the parent.Mr John Coe(attendence director of wood co.schools), quickly defused the teacher. This Teacher was in the wrong.Now, WTAP reported that are children had food, that was wrong. My daughter did not get food and for the water,she recieved one bottle of water, which was so hot you could take a bath in it. To wrap this up...."It was a goat rodeo"!
  • by Upset PHS mother Location: Parkersburg on Sep 8, 2008 at 04:22 PM
    As a parent who dealt with this same prob last year, I have to say, it seemed as though they were more concerned and prepared last year. Today our children (who bring lunch everyday, because of FOOD ALLERGIES) sat all day long without lunch. Yes, cold water was provided for that im thankful. My son is too shy as a freshman to ask for something more. I am livid that this school that we expect to be "responsible" doesnt have a better plan after so many of these annoying threats. I understand its chaotic for everyone involved, but see it from our point of view, let these children make contact with home and keep the media better informed so that as parents we dont have to "wander" for 3 hours what is going on. There definitely needs to be a better system for 2000 students....Parents cannot leave work every other day to a bomb threat and spend 2hours collecting children. I can see some very BIG lawsuits coming, as this isnt "protecting our children" it is asking for more probs than bombs.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2008 at 02:44 PM
    "Sue Woodward, Director of Public Relations for Wood County Board of Education, told WTAP-TV at 1:25 pm Monday parents and legal guardians are NOT encouraged to pick up students from the school. where does this woman get off telling parents of these students , exposed to an extremely emotional and potentially dangerous situation they cant pick up their children. Come on. I think every parent should pick them up . And not let them back till the authorties learn to do their job and do it effeciently.
  • by fred Location: parkersburg on Sep 8, 2008 at 02:13 PM
    what happen to the kids that did it last year as long as they get away with it it will keep happening they do not realize what a bomb threat could change lives they need to be prosecuted i would like to know what happened to last years kids who did it
  • by concerned citizen Location: belpre on Sep 8, 2008 at 11:49 AM
    Here we go again, another bomb threat and another quick search. I was watching WTAP when they reported that the school started to evacuate almost 20 minutes after the call came into the 911 center, WHY ? I have worked emergency services in the past , and this is UNACCEPTABLE. Evacuation should have been started within a few minutes. It takes a phone call. Also I know they say they use dogs and police and fire personel , but there is no way to thoroughly sweep a building that size in an hour, I'm sorry , NO WAY. these "crying wolf" pranks are just that, but when it is the real thing and someone does place a bomb in a school, do we really want our children to pay the price or do we want to be sure and take the time needed to to do a proper sweep. Wake up Parkersburg police and schools
  • by RIDICULOUS Location: PARKERSBURG on Sep 8, 2008 at 11:16 AM
    THIS IS CRAZY NOT EVEN 3 WKS INTO SCHOOL AND THIS IS STARTING ALREADY. WHERE ARE THE PARENTS AND DO THE KIDS THINK THEY WONT GET CAUGHT. COME ON!
  • by Mom of 2 PHS Children Location: Parkersburg on Sep 8, 2008 at 11:00 AM
    My husband tried to reach our kids and was not able to do so. The line of people was backed up clear around the block. We need a better system if we are to have a repeat of last years issues. My children will stay home until this issue is cleared up.
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