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Threat At Magnolia Causes Lockdown

By Staff | Jan 20, 2017

New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department blocks all access to Magnolia High School after a threat caused a lock down Friday morning. (Photo by Chad Turner)

New Martinsville Police Department has released a statement regarding the Friday morning bomb threat at Magnolia High School.

According to the statement, the incident was “nothing more than a hand written threat on a restroom wall.”

Furthermore, NMPD reports that it has made an arrest of a juvenile in connection to the bomb threat, and no further information is being released in relation to the arrest.

According to the statement from NMPD, the police received a report of a bomb threat at approximately 9 a.m. Law enforcement responded and was on scene “within minutes of the initial call.”

According to the statement, students had already been evacuated by school officials to a designated evacuation location prior to law enforcement arrival.

“Magnolia High School acted promptly and effectively in activating the schools emergency response protocol and were fully prepared when law enforcement officials arrived.”

The statement reads that once police were on scene, “the area was secured from McEldowney Avenue to Virginia Street, Locust Street to Maple AVenue, and Elm Street to Main Street. NMPD received assistance from the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office, New Martinsville Fire Department, New Martinsville Street Department, and the Wetzel County Office of Emergency Management in blocking off and securing the area around the high school. The New Martinsville Fire Department assisted law enforcement officials inside the high school as well. Law enforcement, fire personnel, and school officials conducted an initial sweep of the entire building inside and outside.”

“The West Virginia State Police was contacted and members of the WVSP Bomb Squad responded to the scene. Once on scenes, members of the bomb squad and a State Police explosive detection K-9 conducted an in-depth search of the high school… It was reported that the school was clear and secure.”

NMPD expressed appreciation to NMVFD, WCSO, New Martinsville Street Department, WCOEM, WVSP Bomb Squad, MHS, and the Wetzel County Board of Educastion.

Earlier, Wetzel County Schools Assistant Superintendent Shane Highly released a statement concerning a morning lock down situation at Magnolia High School.

“Administration was notified about a threat, at which time the school went into proper protocol,” Highley said.

He added, “The students were evacuated to their designed evacuation location, and police were notified. The police swept the area and everyone is safe.”