Threat Prompts School Lockdown In Wirt County

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UPDATE 2:55 P.M. Wirt County High School students are returning to classes at this hour following a lockdown.

According to the emergency services director, K-9 units with the West Virginia Police checked out the school earlier Monday afternoon and cleared the building.

Regularly scheduled activities will resume Monday evening.

School officials are waiting for a bomb-sniffing dog to sweep Wirt County High School after it was evacuated Monday morning.

According to Wirt County Office of Emergency Services Director Edwin L. "Bo" Wriston law enforcement received a credible bomb threat at around 10:30 a.m.

All the students are safe and were taken to the Elizabeth Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.  Wriston said many parents have already stopped by to pick up their children.

Wirt County Primary Center and Wirt County Middle School were also placed on lockdown.  Wriston said all the students at these schools are safe and lessons continue on like normal.

The lockdown comes just days after a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 28 people including the gunman.