B-UMS evacuated after bomb threat

A message warning of a bomb threat forced the evacuation of Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Upshur County Superintendent of Schools Scott Lampinen said he could not disclose any details involving the alleged message, only saying that it will be investigated by school officials and law enforcement.

The West Virginia State Police, along with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, responded to the scene, and students were taken to an off-campus location while the school was searched. The students returned to the school shortly around 1 p.m.

Tuesday’s incident marks the second time in recent weeks that students have been evacuated from the middle school.

Students were taken to Buckhannon-Upshur High School on April 19 for what school officials termed “an emergency situation.”

Bomb threats have plagued area schools this spring, as two schools in Randolph County were evacuated in March under similar circumstances. Students were also pulled from Belington and Philippi middle schools and Philippi Elementary School in March because of alleged bomb threats, and a bomb threat at Lewis County High School in March forced the cancellation of all county school classes because of the transportation issues that arose from the situation.