The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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January 31, 2013

Bomb threat reported at Beckley-Stratton Middle School


BECKLEY — Local law enforcement officials conducted a search at Beckley-Stratton Middle School after a Thursday morning bomb threat forced officials to evacuate the facility.

Beckley Police Lt. J.C. McPeake said when the students arrived to school on a two-hour weather delay schedule, a student discovered a “vague” note with the threat in the bathroom. The student gave the note to a teacher.

The administration called transportation immediately to have the students evacuated to Woodrow Wilson High School auditorium. Police were then notified.

McPeake said a preliminary search of the building found no such threat, but a bomb dog also conducted a search and found nothing.

“The threat appears unfounded, but we will still conduct a full investigation,” McPeake said. “This is a serious crime.”

He said the scene was cleared and students were transported back to school around 12:30 p.m.

Miller Hall, Raleigh County Schools director of Secondary Education, said a full investigation will be conducted and if a suspect is found, he or she will be dealt with accordingly.

“Not only was this an inconvenience to students, but to the whole community. We want to have a safe environment.”

— Wendy Holdren

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