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26 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Armed teen accused in hostage situation at Philip Barbour High.

Steve Saltis was among several parents outside an area cordoned off by police tape at West Virginia’s Philip Barbour High School waiting for students to be released. Once on the scene, law enforcement officers determined that a 14- year-old male student was holding numerous students and a teacher hostage with a pistol, in a second- floor classroom.

Saltis said many students had been sitting in the school’s football stadium after the school was evacuated, and he was able to talk to his daughter. The prosecutor is in the process of preparing the necessary paperwork to seek detention. “The West Virginia State Police would like to thank all the parents of the schoolchildren for their patience, understanding, and cooperation. Their ability to keep calm in this situation made it much easier for officers to successfully perform their duties, which resulted in positive conclusion to an incident which easily could have developed into a tragedy,” the State Police news release said. WDTV in Clarksburg reported that troopers just made an announcement that kids are being separated from the situation and parents should keep their kids in place so that police can tell who is missing.

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