BUCKHANNON — This morning’s lock-down causing chaos at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School has been determined to be a “prank”, according to Superintendent Dr. Sara Lewis-Stankus.
Upshur County Schools just released the following information:
Today's precautionary lock-down at B-UMS took place in response to several threats which were received via voicemail. The threats were evaluated by Upshur County Schools personnel, Homeland Security and the Sheriff's Department. Based on this evaluation, it was determined that the threats were not credible. However, the precautionary lock-down restricts traffic into and through the building, while allowing officials to further investigate.
The precautionary lock-down was instituted as a safety factor – to allow our children the ability to remain in class and learn in a safe environment. Parents were notified and afforded the opportunity to pick up their child(ren) to in order to maintain transparency in communication between our school system and our community.
Superintendent Dr. Sara Lewis-Stankus said, “We want to be clear this was an unsubstantiated claim and we released the information about the threat to our stakeholders and community out of an abundance of caution.
“We want to remain transparent with our community, however, we must follow the protocol of law enforcement and maintain the confidential nature of the students and the threats.
“The Fusion Center and Homeland Security is monitoring the threats, along with state and local law enforcement agencies.
“Although the students considered it a prank, these threats are considered a crime and we plan to hold those students involved fully accountable. Because of our rigid stance, I ask that all families make it a point to discuss this critically important matter with your child as soon as possible. Make him/her fully aware of its severity.”