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UPDATE: Three students suspended in connection to bomb threats at Liberty High School

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Three male students at Liberty High School face charges for allegedly issuing bomb threats against the school. Three male students at Liberty High School face charges for allegedly issuing bomb threats against the school.

Three teenage suspects, all males, all 15 years old and freshmen at Liberty High School are being charged with a felony of making terroristic threats.

59News spoke with State Police and school officials as well as concerned parents on Wednesday. Sgt. Cooper told 59News when the 3 juveniles were questioned, they admitted to their guilt.

"The students were interviewed with their parents and they admitted to having knowledge of the roles in the making of the bomb threat notes," Cooper said.

If the three were to be charged as adults they would face a $5,000 to $25,000 fine and/or 1-3 years in jail. Sergeant Cooper said because of the severity of the crime there is a very small chance the three of them could be tried as adults.

If not, Cooper said that with juveniles, there is no set penalty. He told us punishment is given on a case-by-case basis. Concerned Raleigh County parents shared with 59News the punishment they believe should fit this crime.

"I think they should at least get sent to juvenile detention. This is a big issue. That's our kids. You never know, when you send them to school, if they will come back or not," Monica White said.

"You can only punish a person in two ways. With their time and with their money. Most people have more time than they have money," said Joe Roberts.

Roberts weighed in on why he believes teens act out.

"Parents have failed their kids. It's the parents responsibility to teach their kids that there is a consequence for every one of their actions," he told us.

Law enforcement and school officials ensured parents that every measure was used to make certain the safety of every student.

"We evacuated the school, brought in our K9 bomb squad dogs, cleared the school then let the students back into the building," Sgt. Cooper said.

Even in the midst of threats, Superintendent Jim Brown told 59News schools are as safe as they can possibly can be.

"School is a safe place. We see time and time again that we are able to go right back into session and continue on as normal," said Brown.

 

 


 

 

A trio of students at Liberty High School are facing felony charges for allegedly issuing bomb threats against the school.

The West Virginia State Police responded to bomb threats at Liberty High School in Glen Daniels, WV on Feb. 17 and 18.  No bomb found in the school on either date, but it did cause a disruption in the course of the school day as students had to be evacuated to nearby Trap Hill Middle School.

During the investigation, State Police were able to identify three 15-year-old male students as suspects.  Juvenile petitions for felony charges of Terroristic Threats are being filed against the students.  Their names are not being released because they are minors. 

(Click Here to view the WV Code concerning terrorist threats)

All three students have been suspended from school.  Superintendent Jim Brown said earlier in the week that the Board of Education would recommend expulsion for any student found to have made the threats.