On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at approximately 10 a.m., the Logan County Sheriff’s Department (LCSD) responded to a complaint at Man Middle School. A note was discovered inside a book which indicated that a threat to the school was found in one of the classrooms by a student and turned over to school administration.
Deputy Derrick Miller was acting as the school resource officer in Man area at the time he responded to the Middle School complaint and contacted the LCSD upon discovering the note. Man Middle School was searched by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, school officials and members of the West Virginia State Police Bomb and K9 unit.
Upon completion of the search, Sheriff S.M. Dingess Porter advised there were no devices located and nothing out of the ordinary was found.
Sheriff Porter commented that all threats are taken seriously and the LCSD along with Logan County Schools want to remind students, parents, staff and the community as a whole that safety and wellbeing of students is a primary concern.
Sheriff Porter reports that after the completion of the Sheriff’s Department investigation Deputy Miller arrested one Man Middle School student connected to this written note for threats of a terrorist act. The student reportedly admitted to writing the note and stated it was only meant as a hoax for getting out of class.
In repsonse to the threat, the Logan County Board of Education released the following statement:
On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, a note was discovered in a book at Man Middle indicating a threat to the school. Officials from Logan County Schools, along with the Sheriff’s department and the WV State Police Bomb Unit, quickly responded to the school and cleared the building. Officers and canine units searched the building and no threats were found. All students are safe.
The Sherriff’s office and Logan County Schools wish students, parents, staff, and community members to know that the safety and wellbeing of students is a primary concern, and all threats are taken seriously. Logan County Schools will be cooperating with law enforcement as they thoroughly investigate the situation, and anyone responsible for the threat will be prosecuted.