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Incident in Calhoun County Schools no longer ‘credible threat’

GRANTSVILLE — An incident involving an unknown powder on a school bus that locked down a pair of Calhoun County schools is no longer a credible threat, according to the district’s superintendent.

A statement provided by the school district on behalf of Superintendent Kelli Whytsell said that determination was made during a conference call this afternoon with multiple state and local agencies. The statement did not identify the substance but said a Poison Control doctor on the call said “it is not expected to cause any delayed effects.”

According to the Calhoun County Schools Facebook page, a student had a balloon containing some type of powder on a school bus. The balloon popped, transferring some of the powder to students on the bus.

“As a precaution, students on the bus were taken to Minnie Hamilton Health System in Grantsville and quarantined,” the post says.

The West Virginia Health Department and Minnie Hamilton recommended “no one is to enter or exit Pleasant Hill Elementary School or Calhoun Middle High School until further notice,” another post says. Pleasant Hill is located at 3254 N. Calhoun Highway in Grantsville, while the middle/high school is at 50 Underwood Circle, Mt. Zion.

Parents were allowed to pick up students at their discretion.

All after-school activities were canceled, but buses are running on their normal schedule.

Read more in Friday’s edition of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

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