EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSDeputies Say Man Made Bomb Threat Because He Didn't Receive Walmart Gift Certificate
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Kennie Bass
Reported: Sep. 12, 2013 12:50 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 13, 2013 3:13 PM EDT
Cross Lanes , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A criminal complaint alleges an employee at Cross Lanes Elementary told several school employees he was going to purchase gas and make a gas bomb because he was upset teachers in the school received Walmart gift certificates for outstanding performance and he didn't receive one.
Bruce Edward Stanley, 51, of Cross Lanes, a janitor at the school, was charged Thursday with making a terroristic threat, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
The complaint said a deputy went to the school after Principal Vanessa Brown called 911 to report that Stanley "had threatened to bomb the school by unknown means and unknown how it was going to happen." When the deputy arrived at the school, he talked to an employee who said she had heard what Stanley told her and two other employees Wednesday regarding the Walmart certificates. The employee said she was joking about what she was going to buy with the gift certificate, and Stanley said he was going to purchase gas to make a gas bomb, the complaint said. She said Stanley asked if anyone had ever seen a gas bomb go off and stated that it was "coming down."
The deputy said he also spoke with Stanley's supervisor who said Stanley had asked him if he had ever made bombs. The supervisor also said Stanley told him "something is coming down" and he was not involved with it. Another employee told the deputy that Stanley was upset about the certificates and had been talking about bombs. She said Stanley began speaking about gas bombs and 9/11 and said that he was serious and "what would happen if if one went off in here."
Brown, the school's principal, called Eyewitness News and said the alleged threats were made against a person and not the school. She also said that Stanley was arrested at his residence, but the sheriff's department said a deputy arrested him at the school.
The principal said the school was never on an official lockdown. Students were kept in their classes when deputies came to the school to do a sweep from about 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Deputies used bomb dogs to make sure the school was safe.
Stanley was arraigned and was being held in the South Central Regional Jail on $25,000 cash only bond.
Kanawha County deputies said a Kanawha County Schools employee has been charged with making terroristic threats after allegedly making a bomb threat at Cross Lanes Elementary School.
Bruce Edward Stanley, 51, was arrested Thursday when he arrived at the school after making remarks about making gas bombs, according to a news release from the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office. Deputies had identified the suspect as a janitor at the school.
Stanley was being processed and was scheduled to be taken to Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
The school was placed on lockdown after the alleged threat. All of the children are safe, and classes resumed after bomb dogs came to the school and the facility was declared safe.
Kanawha County sheriff's deputies said they were questioning a janitor at Cross Lanes Elementary after an alleged bomb threat at the school. It was unclear whether the man had been placed under arrest.
The school was placed on lockdown for a period on Thursday morning after the alleged threat was made.
Bomb dogs were brought in and the school was checked thoroughly. The lockdown was lifted after the school was declared safe, and classes resumed.
About a dozen parents had picked up their children from the school as of about 2 p.m., even though everyone was assured that everything was OK. One parent who was picking up her child said all she could think of was the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
School Principal Vanessa Brown said the safety protocol worked perfectly, and the students were never in any danger.
Two deputies were scheduled to remain at the school for the remainder of the day.
A Kanawha County Schools employee has been taken into police custody after dispatchers said the individual allegedly made threats toward a Kanawha County Elementary school, sheriff's dispatchers said.
The dispatchers said the individual threatened to blow up Cross Lanes Elementary School Thursday afternoon. School officials would not release a statement to Eyewitness News.
An alert from the school system said there were bomb dogs at the school, but all of the children are safe.
Eyewitness News has a crew headed to the scene, Keep checking wchstv.com. for updates on this developing story.
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