WVWC student charged following lockdown


BUCKHANNON — West Virginia Wesleyan College went on lockdown Friday morning after a disgruntled student trespassed on campus and initiated a physical altercation with a staff member.  Professors and staff members were instructed to shelter in place until otherwise notified. 

Malera Staples was reportedly given a No Trespassing order from WVWC the day prior to the incident, according to Buckhannon Police Chief Matt Gregory.  She returned to campus a day after receiving this order on Friday morning, in attempt to retrieve keys for housing.  When Staples was displeased with the situation, she initiated a physical altercation with the WVWC employee. 

According to Vice President of Advancement Bob Skinner, “As soon as it was reported, the College took a precautionary step and locked down the campus.  We called the Buckhannon Police and they followed leads on the student’s possible location.  She was not found. The police believed no threat existed at 12:30 p.m. and the lockdown was cancelled.”

According to Chief Gregory, Staples has been charged with Battery and Trespassing.  “Ms. Staples was not on or around campus when police arrived on Friday, so these charges remain active as misdemeanor warrants,” he explained. 

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