Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on January 29, 2013 @ 3:52PM
Created on January 29, 2013 @ 1:38PM
For the past few weeks, there's been several bomb threats at area schools.
Now, the Barbour County Sheriff's Department is asking the Board of Education to help them stay prepared in case this happens again.
The Sheriff's asking for them to help get two bomb dogs to search the schools in case there's another threat.
The dogs would stay at local kennels, and be handled by people outside of the sheriff's department.
They've been in contact with several groups who are interested in helping.
The problem right now is that the closest bomb dogs are in Morgantown.
Their response time is several hours, and when that travel time is paired with a few hours of searching the schools, students are often out of class for most of the day.
If this is approved, the dogs could be trained and ready to go by the beginning of next school year.
"The number one priority in any situation is the safety of the students and staff. So, we have to ensure that it is just a hoax or a prank. The second priority is to get students back into the classroom as quickly as possible because the longer they stay out of the classroom, the more likely someone is to pull another prank. We want to search the schools quickly, efficiently, and get the kids back in the classroom, and the only way to do that is with a canine," said Barbour County Sheriff John Hawkins.
Sheriff Hawkins will also be taking this proposal to the Barbour County Commission.
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