Authorities in Barbour County evacuated every school in the county Friday afternoon after a bomb threat.
Canine units were brought in from the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia University Police Department, and West Virginia State Police, according to a press release from the Barbour County Sheriff's Department.
State police in Philippi and members of the Belington and Junior police departments helped secure the schools and evacuate students, according to the sheriff's department.
"The false threats being reported against schools has become a growing problem," said Sheriff John Hawkins, in the press release. "These incidents not only put the children and staff at risk, but also all the first responders and law enforcement. An officer responding to any call puts his life and the lives of other innocent parties at risk. Unnecessary emergency responses risk the lives of all involved. We are going to take this investigation very seriously and do our best to find the culprits. The penalty for this is very serious. Furthermore, we are going to work with the Board of Education to try to prevent future incidents."
There's no word on what kind of threat or how it was delivered.
If you have any information, contact the sheriff's department at (304) 457-5167 or the Philippi Police Department at (304) 457-3700.