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Bomb threat suspect expelled

December 10, 2013
By Beth Christian Broschart - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

PARSONS - Tucker County Board of Education members voted unanimously Monday to expel a student officials believe was responsible for one of two recent bomb threats at Tucker County High School.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Eddie Campbell said the board approved his recommendation that the student be expelled for the year. The vote was taken during a special session disciplinary hearing Monday at the board office. Campbell refused to release any additional information about the student Monday.

Campbell told The Inter-Mountain last week the suspect is a student in a Tucker County school, but would not say which school the student attended.

Campbell also declined to say whether criminal charges have been filed against the student.

Tucker County Prosecuting Attorney Ray LaMora III told The Inter-Mountain Monday that the West Virginia State Police in Parsons are still finishing up their investigation into the person or persons responsible for the bomb threats made at TVHS on Nov. 15 and on Nov. 18.

"If they have a suspect when they finish their investigation, we will file charges," LaMora said. "But right now, that investigation is still pending."

Students and staff at TCHS were evacuated on Nov. 15 and 18 so the school could be searched by bomb dogs. The Nov. 15 threat was in the form of a message left on a graphing calculator, while the Nov. 18 threat was contained in a hand-written letter left in a bathroom at the school, school officials said.

Students and staff were evacuated at approximately 10:30 a.m. Nov. 18, and put on buses until 3 p.m., when the school was declared clear by law enforcement.

Students and staff then re-entered the school to gather their belongings before going home, officials said.

During the Nov. 15 threat, students and staff were evacuated about noon, then sent home at 1 p.m. Campbell said bomb dogs swept the building on both occasions, but nothing suspicious was found.

Contact Beth Christian Broschart by calling 304-636-2124 ext. 114 or by e-mail at bbroschart@theintermountain.com. Follow her on Twitter @ITM_Broschart.

 
 

 

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