EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPUTNAM COUNTY BULLYING
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Police Say Rumored School Threat Unfounded; Started As A Result Of Bullying
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Wes Armstead
Reported: Oct. 22, 2012 10:49 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 22, 2012 6:59 PM EDT
Winfield , Putnam County , West Virginia
Some parents of Winfield Middle School kept their children home from school Monday after a rumored threat started circling on social media sites.
Police said threats surfaced on social media that a student would be bringing a gun and a bomb to school, but Eyewitness News was told those reports are false and there was no threat and the students were never in any danger.
Officers believe this all started as a result of a bullying incident that happened to one student on Friday. The school's resource officer, Mike Kordusky, says the student was taunted and things were thrown at him. Kordusky says he and counselors intervened. He says the boy was angry and stated that he had been bullied for about a year. Kordusky says the boy made a physical threat to another student but never made any statement about guns or bombs.
However, when students went home for the weekend, Kordusky says rumors spiraled out of control on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. John Perrine, Winfield's Police Chief, says more than a dozen calls came in from concerned parents. School officials were contacted over the weekend and they, along with police, had a plan in place and acted first thing Monday morning, according to Perrine and Dr. Penny Fisher with Putnam County schools.
The boy was searched once he arrived at school and the bus he arrived on was also searched. Perrine says no weapons were found and the boy does not have access to weapons or any materials to make a bomb.
Dr. Fisher says they encourage parents and students to bring information to their attention and they will never take any threat lightly.
Kordusky says he hopes student realize that bullying isn't a fun game and can have serious consequences.
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