RED JACKET – Mingo Central Comprehensive High School (MCHS) was on lock down Monday morning in response to a nuisance bomb threat that was received at the school.
Donald Spence Interim Superintendent for Mingo County Schools responded to an inquiry concerning the bomb threat. Spence stated, “MCHS is currently under lock down and for safety purposes; students are being evacuated to the athletic fields until law enforcement can sweep the building and ensure a safe environment.”
Students were evacuated to the Harless Stadium and Lt. Randy Hatfield and Deputy Allen Mounts with the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department along with Sgt. Lively with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) conducted a sweep of the school.
A statement was posted on the school’s Facebook page. According to the post on the Mingo Central Comprehensive High School Facebook page, “Mingo Central received a bomb threat this morning. All protocols were followed with students and staff being evacuated and sent to the football field, Central office personnel notified, and 911 called. The WVSP troopers and the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department deputy have checked the building and have found it to be safe. Students and staff will be returning to the building in approximately 15 minutes. We are not dismissing early. School will be dismissed at regular time. Your students’ safety will always be our main concern.”
Joe Howard, Transportation Director for Mingo County Schools confirmed that school remained on regular schedule and that no buses were sent back to MCHS for early dismissal.
Following the incident, Spence further explained the situation explaining that the bomb threat stemmed from a note that had been discovered and that the situation was currently under investigation. “School was not canceled. Students were moved to the field. Police swept building and declared it to be safe and cleared. Students went back to school, were fed lunch and resumed a normal day. The threat came from a note and authorities will investigate and prosecute and those involved will be dealt with accordingly,” Spence stated.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)