EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCross Lanes Elementary Put On Lockdown After Janitor Allegedly Threatens To Use Gasoline Bomb
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: Larry Clark
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Sep. 12, 2013 6:04 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 13, 2013 7:57 AM EDT
Cross Lanes , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A bomb threat put a school on lockdown Thursday as Kanawha County deputies swarmed to the scene.
Bruce E. Stanley,51, is accused of making terrorist threats at his workplace, Cross Lanes Elementary School. A criminal complaint alleges Stanley was upset because teachers at the school had received Walmart gift certificates for outstanding performance and he did not get one.
His supervisor and two school cooks allegedly heard Stanley say he was going to buy gasoline to make a bomb and that he asked what would happen if one went off in the school cafeteria.
Cross Lanes Elementary was locked down today when officers arrived to arrest Stanley. A Kanawha County bomb dog swept the building to make sure it was safe.
Several concerned parents came to pick up their children.
"Oh my God, Connecticut," Tonya Thomas said. "Yeah, I was scared to death. I didn't know what was going to happen. I'm just glad she's here and out on the playground now."
"You gotta hold your babies after this," Lisa Hager said. "I know they were safe but you still gotta hold them."
The school's principal said her students were never in danger.
"And so all the children got to watch Bruno walk through the classrooms and I think that was the most exciting part for the kids," Vanessa Brown said. "But we had the building on lockdown for a short period of time. The children were never in any danger and we handled it the best way that we could. The beautiful thing is that we have lots of safety measures in place and they worked beautifully."
Stanley is a long-time janitor at the school. The criminal complaint alleges he has displayed angry, strange behavior on multiple occasions.
"In this day and age we have to take every threat very seriously and we do," Jane Roberts, with Kanawha County Schools, said.
Stanley is in the South Central Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash-only bond. If convicted he's facing one to three years in prison and a fine of $5,000 to $25,000.
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