UPDATE (8/22/19 3:22 p.m.)
GLENVILLE, W.Va. – Officials have confirmed that the bomb threat reported at Gilmer County High School on Thursday morning was unfounded, according to a press release sent by the Gilmer County Office of Emergency Management.
In the release, officials said the threat was reported to the Glenville Police Department by the principal of the high school, and students began to be evacuated a few moments later.
The Gilmer County Fire Department closed all roads leading to the high school shortly after the evacuation, and the high school’s faculty, along with officers with the Glenville Police Department, Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Police performed a search of the facility, according to the release.
Later that afternoon, the search was complete and found no signs of a bomb or bomb-making material, according to the chief of Glennville Police. A short time after being given the “all clear,” students were taken back to the school and classes resumed, according to the release.
West Virginia State Police will be investigating the incident.
UPDATE (8/22/19 1:34 p.m.)
GLENVILLE, W.Va. – Students are returning to Gilmer County High School after being evacuated from the school to an off campus location on Thursday morning.
As of approximately 1:30 p.m. students were in the process of being taken back to the high school. There has been no further information released about what led to the initial investigation.
Stay with 12 News for any further updates.
ORIGINAL (8/22/19 11:56 a.m.)
Gilmer County High School is being evacuated for precautionary measures, according to a Facebook post from the Gilmer County Office of Emergency Management.
A threat was found in the high school bathroom and a K-9 unit is on the way with Gilmer County Sheriff’s deputies to investigate the incident, according to deputies.
According to a representative from the office of emergency management, members of the Gilmer County Board of Education are working in the office and asking anyone with relevant information to direct their calls to the office of emergency management.
The representative also said board of education employees were working with first responders to find out as much information they can and get the issue resolved as soon as possible.
In the meantime, students are secure in an off – campus location, and parents wishing to pick up their children can do so at the center, according to the Facebook post.
The Facebook post also says buses are on their normal schedule and will transport all students at the location at the end of the school day.