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PBHS on lockdown after bomb threat

September 5, 2013
By Chad Clem - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Students at Philip Barbour High School were on lockdown Wednesday morning due to a bomb threat, officials said.

The Philippi Police Department and the West Virginia State Police responded to a call at approximately 9 a.m. Chief Jeff Walters said a canine unit was brought in from the West Virginia University campus police department to search for any potentially hazardous materials.

"We want to give credit to them for coming out and helping us," Walters said about the canine unit.

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Officers with the Philippi Police Department return to their vehicles around noon Wednesday after giving Philip Barbour High School the “all clear” signal. Officials reported a bomb threat at the school and said K-9 units swept the building, but nothing was found.

After being searched, the building was eventually cleared and students were able to return to their classes, Sgt. J.A. Wyatt of the State Police said.

The school was locked down from 9:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., Barbour County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Super said.

"At all times our students and faculty were safe," Super said. "It was one of those situations and everyone responded appropriately."

Authorities had no comment about whether there is a potential suspect in the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

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