BOE sets hearing for bomb threat suspect

PARSONS – The Tucker County superintendent of schools said Wednesday a disciplinary hearing is scheduled for a student officials believe was responsible for one of two recent bomb threats at Tucker County High School.

Dr. Eddie Campbell confirmed Wednesday in a telephone conversation with The Inter-Mountain that a Tucker County Board of Education special session disciplinary hearing slated for Monday is related to one of the bomb threat incidents at TCHS.

“There is still the possibility that more suspects are involved in these incidents,” Campbell said. “We are still following up on other leads to make sure everyone involved is identified.”

Campbell said the school board worked hand-in-hand with the West Virginia State Police, and noted that officials believe more individuals are involved.

During Monday’s hearing, Campbell will ask board members to accept his recommendation of a 365-day expulsion of the suspect, in accordance with state Department of Education policy code 4373, he said.

Campbell said the suspect is a student in a Tucker County school, but declined to identify which school the student attends.

Campbell also declined to say whether criminal charges have been filed against the student. Calls to the West Virginia State Police and Tucker County Prosecuting Attorney Ray LaMora III were not returned by presstime.

Students and staff at TCHS were evacuated on Nov. 15 and 18 so the school could be searched by bomb dogs. The Nov. 15 threat was in the form of a message left on a graphing calculator, while the Nov. 18 threat was contained in a hand-written letter left in a bathroom at the school, school officials said.

Students and staff were evacuated at approximately 10:30 a.m. Nov. 18, and put on buses until 3 p.m., when the school was declared clear by law enforcement.

Students and staff then re-entered the school to gather their belongings before going home, officials said.

During the Nov. 15 threat, students and staff were evacuated about noon, then sent home at 1 p.m. Campbell said bomb dogs swept the building on both occasions, but nothing suspicious was found.