Bomb Threat Rattles Greenbrier West
December 8, 2016
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On December 5th, 2016 at 11:23 AM, Vice Principal Lewis McClung announced over the intercom a ‘code orange’, commencing emergency procedures among the students and faculty of Greenbrier West. The student body was herded outside the building to the safety of the football field, where they waited anxiously in the bleachers for further direction and more information on the situation.
“I knew that something was quite unusual about this situation, as we do not typically practice our relocation routes during drills,” remarked Shannon Brunzo-Hager, Greenbrier West Senior.
Students quickly learned that it was, in fact, a bomb threat that had brought them out of their classes. As the buses arrived, students were transported to Western Greenbrier Middle School, where many students waited for their parents to sign them out or ate a hastily-prepared lunch served by the generous cooks of WGMS. The remainder of the students returned to Greenbrier West after the building was cleared by the West Virginia State Police, around 1:30 PM.
“While hectic at first,” Brunzo-Hager continued, “everything managed to come together and work effectively, despite the chaotic circumstances and the distress of many students and teachers.”
This is not the first bomb threat to occur in Greenbrier County schools. Western Greenbrier Middle School has particularly been targeted by these ill-mannered antics in recent years. The issue of pseudo-threats continues to remain a problem that the State Police and the schools can do little to prevent. However, with clear and concise procedures in place, it is better to be safe than sorry in the event of a true calamity.