Armed Teen Holds Classroom Hostage at West Virginia High School

26 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

— A 14-year-old boy with a handgun held several students and a teacher hostage in a West Virginia high school classroom Tuesday afternoon before he let them go after negotiations and surrendered, State Police said.

Michael Baylous said in a statement that the male student had taken a pistol into a second-floor classroom Tuesday at Philip Barbour High School in the north-central part of the state. Tuesday, and said the school was placed on a lockdown, and students elsewhere in the school were moved to a nearby football field, accounted for and sent home by school bus. After initial negotiations, the suspect agreed to release the students and teacher, then eventually put the gun down and surrendered without further incident, Baylous said. The suspect has been taken to a hospital for evaluation and a local prosecutor will decide “the appropriate course of action,” Baylous added in the statement. Steve Saltis was among several anxious parents who went to the school and waited outside an area cordoned off by police tape while waiting for students to be released.

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