UPDATE:Williamstown High School No Longer Under Lock Down

By: WTAP News Email
By: WTAP News Email

Wood County School Public Relations Director Sue Woodward says the lockdown has been lifted at Williamstown High School.

The lockdown was lifted at around 12:25 pm.

Woodward adds that there will be an increased police presence around the school for the remainder of the afternoon.


Wood County authorities have closed down the streets around Williamstown High School because of a possible threat.

The threat is from outside the school in the community.

The school is on lock down.

Students are SAFE. There is no threat to students.

They are not being released.

The Williamstown Ppolice Department is investigating.

Wood County School Public Relations Director Sue Woodward says some students overheard a conversation Tuesday night in the Williamstown community in which there may have been talk of bringing something to the school.

Also according to Woodward, authorities know the names of the students that overheard the threat and are talking to them.

She adds that the school has been searched and nothing has been found.

WTAP has a crew at the school. Stay tuned to WTAP.COM and WTAP-TV for the latest.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 30, 2009 at 04:13 AM
    Well to those of you saying there was no bomb threat, did you not watch the news at noon where it was said by the reporter on scene at the school, the second time he reported that the call was a threat of a bomb being brought to the school at 10:30? When I called the school I was told that it was a problem in the community and had NOTHING to do with the school, then I hear on the news of the threat made, seems like if something is threatened to be brought to the school that has something to do with the school. I don't think students should've been just set free to run the streets but if parents wanted to pick them up they were not allowed, yet people with dr appointments could leave, if you all think they shouldn't have been allowed to leave, why should those kids have left? As a parent all you want is the safety of your child and given recent events where county teachers have been arrested for drinking on the job and bringing weapons to class it's kind of hard to trust they know best.
  • by me Location: oh on Apr 29, 2009 at 09:38 PM
    Have to say - curious - how was it known "that whatever was" was not already brought into the building? Did they search every student/person/staff as they went in and if it was known the night before, did they check the school(s) before they went in? Schools do need to have a system to notify parents, sorry to say the media just isn't a real good reliable way to get correct info. out, it's either not enough, wrong,..; many schools and people have email, why couldn't they set up and use that or set somthing up with those local law enforcement agencies that have this type system available in their community/area?? Or hey-post info. on the school website like they do for closings and delays.hmmm
  • by Mom Location: Mineral Wells on Apr 29, 2009 at 08:13 PM
    Ok I am really confused. This story says that someone was overheard LAST NIGHT making a threat to "bring something to the school" but on the 11pm news it says a bomb threat was called in at 10am this morning..so which was it WTAP? I also don't agree with not allowing parents to pick up their children, who are they to tell us we can't get our children if there is a threat against them?
  • by Anon Location: Williamstown on Apr 29, 2009 at 05:45 PM
    What I want to know, as a parent of a WHS student, is who made the threat??? Was it outside the school, the night before, or was the call made in the morning? If the call was made in the morning...release the tape so someone can identify who it was!
  • by Anonymous Location: Williamstown on Apr 29, 2009 at 05:20 PM
    First off, I have two children in Williamstown--one at the high school, the other at the elementary school. I heard from my son that the high school was on lockdown. I called the elementary school and was told they were also on lockdown. The school officials did the correct thing. They were vigilant and kept the students in class where they were safest. The "threat" came from an outside source in the community. I have enough faith in our area law enforcement agencies and school officials to know that what they are doing is correct and safe for our children. As another one of your posters stated, keeping the kids in school was the smartest and safest thing--it would have been mass chaos to let the students go. And God forbid that one of those students have a car accident because they were released from school early. Thanks to all of the administrators, staff and law enforcement officials for keeping everything calm, cool and collected.
  • by Bill Location: 26101 on Apr 29, 2009 at 04:28 PM
    Someone probally had a test and needed more time to study.
  • by mom Location: williamstown on Apr 29, 2009 at 04:06 PM
    The kids still went to all of their classes as usual. THey just had to lock the classroom door when everyone was inside. It wasn't a wasted day. OTher than informing parents things were handled well. THe assistant principle as well as the principle were just doing their jobs and they did them well. I'm hoping they can determine where the threat came from though, someone needs taught a lesson about ignorance. Make an example out of the moron who thinks this is funny!
  • by Dakota Location: Williamstown on Apr 29, 2009 at 03:40 PM
    I attend Williamstown High School, and I was at school today. The faculty handled everything well, I just believe that the fact that people could leave if they had an appointment, but if our parents came to pick us up, we couldn't leave. It was ridiculous, and I agree with a comment below, if he threats were real, the attack would've happened before noon. This situation was blown out of proportion.
  • by student Location: williamstown on Apr 29, 2009 at 02:45 PM
    i think that if none was aloud around the school then why was WTAP there i think they did a good job and all but if we where not aloud to leave or be outside why should have they and when some kids parents came to get them they could i thinik tht is dumb. and an other thing we where not on lockdown all day i heard i heard tht the lockdown only lasted till 12:30. cause our assistant principal wonted to make our school look good and tht we could do the lockdown all day! thtz wht i think bout this and itz dumb to cause if u call in a domb threat you would have to be the dumbest person on this earth.
  • by student Location: williamstown on Apr 29, 2009 at 02:28 PM
    The 'threat' was a prank. If something were to happen it would have happend somewhere around 3rd period when it started. I'm a student and I think they handled everything well, except letting our parents know. My parent was worried sick, they could have called and informed we were under a 'threat' but were indeed safe. If they heard something the other night about bringing something to school they should have took an early percaution. <3 Good job Williamstown Officals.
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