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14-year-old boy holds students, teacher hostage inside West Virginia high school

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WEST VIRGINIA — A 14-year-old boy held numerous students and a teacher hostage Tuesday inside his West Virginia high school — a scary episode that ended peacefully with the teen dropping his gun and surrendering, police said.

A 911 call placed at about 1:30 p.m. alerted Barbour County authorities that a person with a gun was inside Philip Barbour High School in Philippi, a city of 3,000 people about 40 miles south of Morgantown.

According to a West Virginia State Police post on Facebook, responding officers arrived to find a 14-year-old armed with a pistol with other students and the teacher in a second-floor classroom.

Everyone else was quickly shuttled to safety, first to the school’s football field and then home via bus.

No injuries were reported.

“After initial negotiations, the suspect agreed to release all of the hostages,” state police noted. “After further negotiations, the suspect put the gun down and surrendered to law enforcement without further incident.”

Investigators are still trying to pin down what led the 14-year-old — who was sent to a local hospital for evaluation after the incident — to do what he did. Prosecutors are working to determine what they’ll do next, including pressing possible criminal charges.


  • Yes

    Everyone will stand around and scratch their heads and ask “What can we all do to prevent this from happening again?” Yet no one will ask the 14 year old boy “Why did you do this?” Just another Bandage but not addressing the real problems.

  • Fred

    Wait for the battlecry to eliminate all guns from society! The liberals will tell us that this wouldn’t happen if we banned all guns……….my question is how did a 14 year old end up with a gun? If he had access to a parent’s gun, the parents should be charged with a crime for not having the guns locked away from child access. If this kid had his own gun unbeknownst to the parents, the parents should also be charged for lack of supervision. Don’t any of these kids’ parents even know what their kids are doing these days or who they hang around with? Oh right, turn on the TV and give them a video game – that’s called supervision………..

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