5 NEWS UPDATE: Philippi Elementary School Inspected, Nothing Found
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on March 19, 2013 @ 6:51PM
Created on March 19, 2013 @ 12:39PM
When 5 News arrived on scene at Philippi Elementary School, all of the children were out of the building and in the middle school. Police told us immediately that there was no sign of a bomb. The note was found in a tray in a fourth grade classroom. Once officers arrived on scene they had the building evacuated within ten minutes. Then authorities searched the building and found no sign of a bomb.
K-9 units were brought in to make sure it was safe. Officials were hoping school would be back in session by the end of the day, but when the school was cleared it was just in time for students to board their busses and head home. Investigators do think the note was written by another student.
Philippi Police are investigating this incident. The Barbour County Sheriff's Department, WV Division of Natural Resources Police, WV Division of Corrections, and a K-9 Unit from Petersburg assisted.
School will be back in session Wednesday. Stay with 5 News on updates from the investigation.
Students at Philippi Elementary School were evacuated around 9:30 Tuesday morning, after officials say a threatening note was found in a classroom.
The note, found on a tray, claimed a bomb was somewhere in the school. Students were quickly taken to Philippi Middle School as a precaution, where they'll stay during the investigation.
Philippi Police and the Barbour County Sheriff's Department swept the school, but found nothing, and are bringing bomb dogs in to search the classrooms.
Police say they suspect a student may have written the note.
Stay with 5 News for further updates.
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