Parents Upset over Bomb Threat Evacuation Procedures

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

GRANT COUNTY, W. Va. -- Parents are upset about how their school system handled three consecutive bomb threats at West Virginia's Petersburg High School.

Parents said the threats began on the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

"There was no teacher, there was no one supervising these children as they left," said Dorene Van Meter, a parent of a Petersburg High School student.

"I'm asking the Superintendent to redo her policy of the evacuation and the care of our children while they are under the bomb threat," said Van Meter.

Parents are asking for a comprehensive list of safety plans.

"As to what they're going to do, what there preparedness is for these children in the event of an emergency," said Dewayne Thompson, who is a parent of a Grant County Elementary School.

The current evacuation plan, The Safe Schools Plan, requires existing students evacuate from the building that is compromised and check that every student is accounted for.

"And then proceed from there to a sheltered location where we can make sure everybody is fed and warm and safe," said Deedra Bolton, a Superintendent of Grant County Schools.

Bolton said she addressed parent's concerns at a meeting on Sunday, but parents are still not satisfied with her response.

"They don't even call the EMS or anything like that, probably don't even have a first aid kit on the field," said Thompson.

Superintendent Bolton said the West Virginia State Police, the Sheriff's Office and the city police are currently investigating the threats.

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