The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 20, 2014

Three teens suspended, taken into police custody

Liberty High bomb threats

By Jessica Farrish
Register-Herald Reporter

— Three Liberty High School teens were suspended from school and taken into police custody Tuesday after allegedly making two threats at the high school this week, West Virginia State Police officials reported Wednesday.

The bomb threats were made Monday morning and Tuesday morning, according to Sgt. J.K. Cooper of the Whitesville detachment.

Police identified the three 15-year-old Liberty students Tuesday evening, said Cooper.

The threats were made on two handwritten notes, added Cooper.

The boys admitted to “having knowledge” of the notes but had not admitted Tuesday evening to having penned them, Cooper reported. They had also not offered a motive.

Cooper said Wednesday that terroristic threats and possibly other charges were pending against the boys.

The boys had not been named suspects in a bomb threat that was made at Trap Hill Middle School Tuesday, Cooper said.

He urged students to think twice about making false bomb threats.

“It puts a strain on manpower and stops school and school activities, and you’re putting yourself in a lot of trouble, as far as criminal charges,” said the trooper. “It’s just not worth it.”

Two bomb-sniffing dogs were brought from Charleston to inspect Liberty this week, he added.

“If you’ve got one of the bomb dogs in a school, and somewhere else, there’s an actual bomb, (help) could be hours away,” he said.

— E-mail: jfarrish@register-herald.com