Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on March 22, 2013 @ 6:56PM
Created on March 22, 2013 @ 4:25PM
There have been numerous bomb threats at schools all over our viewing area this week, causing officials to have to evacuate students and search the schools.
In some cases, students have admitted to making the threats, and are now facing criminal charges.
On Friday, Philippi police officers charged a student, who confessed to making the bomb threat at Philippi Middle School on Wednesday, with threats of terroristic acts.
If that student is found guilty, they could face time in a juvenile facility.
Officers said they have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to these threats, and will file charges against everyone responsible.
They want students to know this is a serious crime, and causes emergency personnel to spend most of their day focused on these threats.
"We have a strong hand on this, and we're going to charge to the fullest extent of the law because this has to stop. This is costing the county and the city a lot of money and resources for false bomb threats. If there's a true emergency somewhere else, all of our resources are tied up because we have to take every one of these seriously," said Chief Jeff Walters of the Philippi Police Department.
Officers also said they believe there's more students responsible for both the middle school threat, and the Philippi Elementary School threat that happened on Tuesday.
They said they're still looking into those cases, and more charges could be filed.
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