Armed student, 14, holds 29 classmates, teacher, hostage at W.Va. high school

26 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Authorities: West Virginia high school teacher calmed student who held class at gunpoint.

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Authorities say that with 29 terrified students looking on, a West Virginia high school teacher managed to calm a 14-year-old student who pointed a gun at her in her classroom, giving a police chief time to arrive and convince the boy to free his peers and surrender. No one was hurt Tuesday in the hostage-taking that rocked Philip Barbour High School high school in Philippi, a small West Virginia town some 115 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Barbour County Prosecutor Leckta Poling said she plans to pursue unspecified charges against the suspect, but the court process is closed because the unidentified student is a juvenile.

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