The student surrendered after several hours. No one was hurt

By Michael Zennie
August 25, 2015 06:20 PM
Ben Queen/AP

A 14-year-old boy armed with a handgun took a teacher and several classmates hostage for several hours at a school in West Virginia, according to local news reports.

The student walked into Philip Barbour High School in the small town of Philippi about 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday and held an unknown number of his classmates hostage, WBOY-TV reports, citing the West Virginia State Police.

A West Virginia State Police Officer speaks with officials to shut down Route 250
Ben Queen/AP

After several hours of negotiations, the student finally allowed the hostages to be released. He later surrendered to officers without firing a shot, state troopers told West Virginia Metro News

A school official speaks with parents of children from Philip Barbour High School
Ben Queen/AP

The boy was taken into custody and admitted to a hospital for evaluation. West Virginia State Police say the danger is over.

Barbour County Prosecutor Leckta Poling says she plans to bring charges against the boy, but has not specified the charges, according to the Associated Press. State Police Capt. Dave Reider says the school will be open Wednesday and law enforcement will be present.

Steve Saltis was one of many nervous parents waiting in a designated area for the students to be released. He told the AP that “a lot” was going through his mind as he waited for his daughter.

Philip Barbour High School students are evacuated
Ben Queen/AP

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