Threat sends students home

HAMBLETON – The West Virginia State Police investigated a bomb threat at Tucker County High School Friday, resulting in students being sent home early.

The alleged threat was reported at about noon at the school, prompting the evacuation of students and staff.

Students were dismissed and sent home beginning at 1 p.m.

Dr. Eddie Campbell, superintendent of Tucker County Schools, was unavailable for comment. School system officials said he left the board of education office to travel to Tucker County High School following notification of the threat.

Early media reports said a State Police bomb squad was on its way to the school to investigate.

At about 4:30 p.m. a State Police representative said officers were still at the school.

No further information was available at presstime.

Bomb threats in surrounding counties including Barbour, Grant, Upshur and Randolph have disrupted hundreds of students and teachers, resulting in hours of lost instructional time.