UPDATE, SEPT. 8, 1:13 P.M.:

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (WBOY) — The precautionary lockdown at Buckhannon-Upshur High School Thursday was over a social media post that included firearms, according to Upshur County Schools Director of Safety and Emergency Management Matthew Sisk.

During a precautionary lockdown, travel within the school is restricted.

Sisk said that at this time, school has resumed, but parents are allowed to pick up their kids if they desire. There will be heightened security for the rest of the day, which Sisk said is part of the school’s procedure.

Sisk said law enforcement officers swept the building twice to make sure that the person who made the social media post was not in the building, and determined they were not. Sisk said police response was quick because there are West Virginia State Police barracks right next to the school and a Sheriff PO Officer is stationed inside the school.

Everything was done out of an abundance of caution, according to Sisk.

The school will hold hostile intruder, stop the bleeding and spotting warning signs training for faculty and staff at later dates, Sisk said, and students will not be in school on those dates. Sisk said it will be much like what Randolph County is doing.

The dates scheduled for each are listed below:

  • Sept. 23 — Buckhannon Academy Elementary School training
  • Sept. 30 — Tennerton Elementary School training
  • Oct. 3 — French Creek Elementary School training
  • Oct. 10 — Buckhannon Upshur Middle School training
  • Oct. 13 — Rock Cave Elementary School training
  • Oct. 17 — Buckhannon Upshur High School training
  • Oct. 28 — Hodgesville Elementary School training
  • Nov. 4 — Washington District Elementary School training
  • Nov. 7 — Union Elementary School training

The Upshur County Sheriff’s and the Upshur County Board of Education will both release official statements later Thursday, according to Sisk.


ORIGINAL, SEPT. 8, 10:57 A.M.:

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (WBOY) — Buckhannon-Upshur High School was put on a precautionary lockdown until further notice Thursday morning, according to an alert sent by the Upshur County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The alert says that all individuals in the school are safe and secure and that visitors are not being permitted at this time.

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