The Philippi Police Department was notified Wednesday morning of a bomb threat at Philippi Middle School.
The notification was received at approximately 9:30 a.m. and the school was evacuated per school protocol. Officials said all students were moved to another school while emergency responders began a search of the middle school.
Philippi Police Chief Jeff Walters said that it is believed that this incident is a copycat of the recent incidents but also stated that all precautions must be taken to ensure the students' safety.
According to the police department, there was another threat at a neighboring county school which will delay the response of the bomb detection dogs. Evacuated middle school students will stay at the alternate site until the school is cleared
Tuesday's threat at Philippi Elementary School coincided with a threat at the Doddridge County Division of Highways garage and a situation at Salem International University, causing a delay in response as well, according to the police department.
Wednesday afternoon, police said a juvenile middle school student came forward and confessed to issuing the threat.
The police department and task force, along with the Barbour County Sheriff's Office and K-9 units from the State Police all responded to the middle school Wednesday morning.