Teacher Hailed as Hero for Calming Down Allegedly Armed Teen Who Took …

26 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Authorities: Teacher calmed teen who held classmates hostage.

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) — 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, authorities said.

No one was hurt Tuesday in the hostage-taking drama that rocked a high school in the small Appalachian town of Philippi, home to about 3,000 people some 115 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Tuesday with the student taking a pistol into a second-floor classroom at Philip Barbour High School, a drab brown campus in a rural area of tree-peppered rolling hills.

Without naming the teacher, Barbour County Schools Superintendent Jeffrey Woofter credited her for maintaining control just when classes were about to change. No injuries were reported. (AP Photo/Ben Queen) (Ben Queen/AP) Woofter said Philippi Police Chief Jeff Walters negotiated the release of the students from the classroom and eventually got the suspect to surrender a few hours after it began. Saltis said many students had been sitting in the school’s football stadium after the school was evacuated and that he was able to talk to his daughter.

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