UPDATE: Juvenile accused in bomb threat at Pleasant County schools

Published: Dec. 2, 2019 at 11:59 AM EST
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UPDATE: 12/2/19 6:06 P.M.

A juvenile is believed to have been responsible for a bomb threat that prompted the evacuation of Pleasants County Middle School and Belmont Elementary School on Monday, authorities said.

The juvenile was identified using handwriting exemplars, video and other evidence, Pleasants County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Carr said.

The Pleasants County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that the juvenile will face charges, but Carr said he expects very little information to be released because of the "sensitive nature of the case."

School officials in Pleasants County said on social media Monday morning that a bomb threat had been made and students at the two schools were evacuated to St. Marys High School while authorities conducted their investigation.

Students were returned to the the schools after authorities searched both schools and found no threat. Ohio University supplied bomb detecting dogs to help with the investigation.

UPDATE: 12:50 P.M.

Pleasants County Schools has announced that law enforcement has cleared Belmont Elementary and Pleasants County Middle Schools and safe for students to return.

No threat of a bomb was found.

Students are currently loading on buses and are headed back to their regular schools.

UPDATE: 12:40 P.M.

Pleasants County Schools superintendent Michael Wells says that a note was passed on to the Principal at Pleasants County Middle School on Monday morning.

Ohio University supplied drug-sniffing dogs to the scene.

According to superintendent Wells, this appears to be a hoax, and he hopes to have the students return to the school buildings by Monday afternoon.

ORIGINAL: 12:05 P.M.

Pleasants County Schools announced on social media that a bomb threat has been made at Pleasants County Middle School on Monday morning.

The announcement came around 9:30 a.m. Students from Belmont Elementary School and Pleasants County Middle School were transported to St. Marys High School to ensure safety.

Students arrived safely at the high school a little after 10 a.m., and officials said lunch would be provided to those students.

We have a reporter at the schools now and will have more information online and on WTAP News as it becomes available.

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