Harts student arrested but no weapon found


By Sean O’Donoghue - The Lincoln Journal



HARTS – A student at Harts PK-8 was arrested Oct. 8 in response to what Chief Lincoln County Deputy J.J. Napier described as a “very substantial threat.”

The student, who is not being named due to the accused’s age, was taken into custody after a multiagency response at the school involving West Virginia State Police and Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies. Speaking to The Lincoln Journal, Chief Napier said a number of students had spoken of the possibility of another student bringing a gun to school.

Law enforcement arrived at the school and discovered a number of items in the accused’s backpack, but no weapon.

Napier said the items included pictures of the Columbine Massacre and references to Charles Manson. The chief also described what appeared to be a fascination with death.

Lincoln County Superintendent of Schools Jeff Midkiff spoke briefly to The Lincoln Journal Thursday morning underscoring how seriously the school system takes the safety of all students. The investigation into the matter was continuing Thursday morning.

By Sean O’Donoghue

The Lincoln Journal

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