14-Year-Old Allegedly Holds Teacher and Fellow Students Hostage at Gunpoint

26 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Police: Student with gun who took school hostages in custody.

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy held 29 students and a teacher at gunpoint in a West Virginia high school classroom Tuesday afternoon before he released them after negotiations and surrendered, authorities said. Barbour County Schools Superintendent Jeffrey Woofter credited the teacher for maintaining control when classes were about to change and praised the Philippi police chief for talking the suspect into giving up. Steve Saltis was among several anxious parents who went to the school and waited outside an area cordoned off by police tape for students to be released.

Woofter, a former sheriff who began his new job as schools superintendent in July, credited parents for heeding police warnings to stay away from the school. “In such a trying time, I was just amazed at our parents and how everybody responded to the situation,” Woofter said. “I just thank God everybody is safe and hopefully we’ll never have a repeat of that again.” State Police Capt.

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