Short Line School Activates Safety Plan
**UPDATE – 1:37 p.m., April, 13, 2016 **
Wetzel County Schools Superintendent Leatha Williams has reported that a message written on a bathroom wall, at Short Line School, led to the activation of SLS’ school safety plan.
Williams said this message was noticed around 8 a.m. by a student. The message stated that at 1:30 p.m., the school would go “bye-bye.” As part of the school’s safety plan, the students were evacuated to Reader’s firehouse.
The superintendent reported that Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office was contacted regarding the threat. The sheriff’s office then responded and searched every area of school “to see if there was anything in the school, not necessarily a bomb, that would make the school unsafe.”
Williams said the West Virginia State Police then arrived at the school and suggested that a bomb detection dog conduct a search of the school premises. “I said, ‘It’s a good thing. Let’s err on the side of caution,” Williams explained.
After searches by the officer yielded no danger, students were then able to return to the school.
Williams said when announcing the evacuation, Short Line School Principal Teresa Standiford announced the situation as a safety drill. Williams said this was announced because the children “are small children” and Standiford did not want to frighten them.
“Somehow that got out,” Williams explained, but added that the correct decision was made in calling the evacuation a drill.
Williams said after the sheriff’s department had conducted its search, she placed a “parent call” to the parents “that we had a threat and had initiated our safety plan.”
“I didn’t say we had a bomb threat, because we didn’t have a bomb threat. The threat was so general,” she said.
ORIGINAL STORY – 11:41 a.m., April 13, 2016 Wetzel County Schools’ secretary to the superintendent, Jo Beth Simmons, has confirmed to the Wetzel Chronicle that Short Line School did activate its safety plan today, April 13. Simmons said as part of the safety plan, students were evacuated to the Reader Fire Hall.
Simmons said students are all safe; there are no issues with any of the students.
Simmons said the activation of the plan occurred without incident.
The Wetzel Chronicle will release more information as it becomes available.