- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

CLAY, W.Va. (AP) - Two West Virginia teenagers have been charged with making violent threats at a middle school, State Police said Monday.

State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous said in a news release that the boys, ages 13 and 15, were charged in juvenile petitions with making terroristic threats, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder.

Baylous says the charges stem from recent incidents at Clay Middle School that he didn’t specify. Baylous said additional juvenile petitions could be filed and the investigation remains open.

Clay County Schools Superintendent Kenneth Tanner ordered all county schools closed for three days earlier this month due to the “heightened concerns” of parents and students. School administrators remained present to answer questions, and classes resumed on May 9.

On the county schools’ website, Tanner said State Police were notified April 27, a day after middle school administrators received a tip that a student had allegedly made comments about shooting multiple people at the school.

Tanner said the alleged threats included a date of April 20 - the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in Colorado. After the tip was received, three middle school students were placed in an “out-of-school setting,” Tanner said.


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