Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 30, 2012

Police: Student pulled from bus after threats

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department pulled an Independence High School student from a school bus Tuesday morning after the student made death threats to other students, confirmed Sheriff Steve Tanner.

Tanner explained that the male student, via his computer, threatened to bring a gun to school and hurt other students.

Cpl.. Randy White unsuccessfully attempted to intercept the student before he got onto the school bus Wednesday, however, the bus was later stopped and the student removed and frisked, said police.

Tanner said the student admitted to making threats but no weapon was found.

Tanner said the Raleigh County School district is currently handling the disciplinary action.

“Because no weapons were found, the school certainly has a right to take their action,” said the sheriff. “Once the student’s computer is analyzed the sheriff’s department will look at any evidence to determine if criminal charges will be brought, but the sheriff’s are not handling this at this time.”

“We do take threats like this seriously but we don’t believe anyone is in danger,” he added.

Calls placed to Raleigh County School officials for comment were not returned Wednesday.

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