Bomb threat disrupts school in Wirt County

ELIZABETH – School in Wirt County was disrupted for about an hour Wednesday as officials reacted to a bomb threat.

Wirt County Schools Superintendent Dan Metz said the high school was evacuated for about an hour Wednesday as officials investigated a bomb threat.

“We were made aware of a bomb threat that was directed toward the high school,” Metz said.

Wirt County Sheriff Keith Wilson said the threat was by note found by a student who turned it over to a teacher.

The superintendent said school officials followed procedure and evacuated the high school. Parents were notified of the situation through the rapid call system. Emergency officials responded to the scene, including a bomb dog brought in from Parkersburg. The school was cleared and students returned to classes just after 12:30.

Metz praised emergency crews for their response.

“Our law enforcement, at times, gets beat up. The state police and local sheriff’s department did a tremendous job on it.”

Metz said officials have a young person they believe is responsible for the threat.

“And the police are dealing with the issue,” he said.

Wilson said the investigation is still being conducted by the Wirt County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the West Virginia State Police to locate all parties involved.

“We have been conducting interviews and do have suspects,” he said.

A 16-year-old female was suspended by the county board of education in January for a bomb threat to the school system in December. Metz said the student responsible for Wednesday’s threat can also expect adjudication from the board of education.

“We will take this to the board for expulsion for this student,” he said. “We are not going to tolerate it. The community won’t tolerate it.”

Wilson said the girl from the previous incident was charged with a felony and is now serving her sentence in a juvenile facility in the state.