Bomb threats disrupt classes

GRANTSVILLE – Classes were dismissed early and a basketball game was canceled Wednesday after an alleged bomb threat was found written on a bathroom stall at the Calhoun County Middle High School, officials said.

The note was discovered by a student who went to the bathroom where the threat was written, indicating the school would blow up, according to Superintendent of Schools Roger Propst. It said the school “would blow today.”

“That’s what started it at around 9 a.m.,” Propst said.

With heightened awareness after the Newtown, Conn., shootings, about 600 students at the school were dismissed for the day while the West Virginia State Police and Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department searched the school using a bomb-sniffing dog from Morgantown, Propst said.

Nothing was found and the building was reopened around 3:30 p.m., he said. Authorities have a suspect, he said.

The girls basketball game between Calhoun County and Gilmer County high schools on Wednesday night was canceled, Propst said.

The incident may have been a copy cat of scares Monday in Gilmer County where students were evacuated from Gilmer County High School after bomb threats. The threats were found on the wall of a bathroom.

State police are investigating.

Threats were also reported in Pleasants County Thursday.

Pleasants County Assistant Superintendent Donna Barksdale, speaking on behalf of Superintendent Michael Wells, said there were reported allegations of a bomb threat to Pleasants County Schools, which the Board of Education is taking seriously.

”Law enforcement has been notified and is working with school officials to investigate,” she said. ”Students and staff have been evacuated to secure locations and will be returned to their home schools once authorities have determined it is safe to do so.”

Barksdale said all the schools were checked and cleared and students returned to class throughout the district around 11:30 a.m.

Local law enforcement, the West Virginia State Police and the state Fire Marshal’s office were all involved in the investigation.

Barksdale said she was not at liberty to discuss how the district was made aware of the threat.