Pleasants County Middle School searched after bomb threat
ST. MARYS — Pleasants County Middle School was deemed all clear Monday afternoon after reports of an alleged bomb threat.
According to a release from the Pleasant’s County Sheriff’s Office, the department received a call at 9 a.m. Monday concerning an alleged bomb threat.
A student allegedly found a note stating there was a bomb in the building, the release said. The middle school and Belmont Elementary were evacuated and students sent to St. Marys High School until investigations took place, according to the release.
The sheriff’s department along with the St. Marys Police Department, West Virginia State Police bomb technicians and the Ohio University police dog unit investigated the building.
“Law enforcement has conducted an extremely thorough search and investigation into this matter and no threat has been located or suspected,” the release said.
Prosecuting Attorney Brian Carr said the responsible party, a student, has been identified.
“The matter will be dealt with appropriately as other juvenile proceedings,” Carr said.
The all-clear was given around 12:30 p.m. and, after the kids were fed lunch, they were transported back to their classrooms, Carr said.
“The cops were all over this like a dog with a bone and it was done by 1:30 p.m.,” Carr said.
With the recent alleged threats in Pleasants County that turned out to be false, Carr said student safety paramount.
“We treat every concern as if is a valid pending threat and we respond appropriately each time,” Carr said. “All recent events have not been any credible threat but rather manufactured by students for reasons unknown. Maybe someone didn’t get enough Thanksgiving break.”