The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 19, 2014

Beckley-Stratton Middle School lockdown based on unfounded rumor

By Jessica Farrish
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — Beckley-Stratton Middle School was on lockdown around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday as police investigated a rumor that a “shooting” would happen at the school, but the rumor was apparently unfounded, Raleigh County Schools Superintendent Jim Brown reported.

School officials were made aware of the rumor around 11:30 a.m., and police immediately initiated a “lockdown” at the school, said Brown.

Parents were notified via automated phone calls.

Students were allowed back into their classrooms around 12:40 p.m., according to parents.

The rumors at Beckley-Stratton followed a series of three false bomb threats made Monday and Tuesday at Liberty High School and Trap Hill Middle School.

“It’s like the flu,” remarked Raleigh Board of Education President Rick Snuffer. “We had it maybe six years ago.

“I think it went through every school in the county.”

Three juvenile boys were arrested Tuesday for the Liberty bomb threats, but they were not identified as suspects in the Trap Hill threat, according to West Virginia State Police Sgt. J.K. Cooper of the Whitesville detachment.