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Clay County closes all schools for days after threat

Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Tom Hindman The classrooms in Clay County Middle School were empty Wednesday. School officials announced Tuesday that schools would be closed for the rest of the week while police investigate threats that Clay County Middle students allegedly made about shooting classmates and teachers.

Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Tom Hindman
The classrooms in Clay County Middle School were empty Wednesday. School officials announced Tuesday that schools would be closed for the rest of the week while police investigate threats that Clay County Middle students allegedly made about shooting classmates and teachers.

CLAY, W.Va. — Clay County schools were closed Wednesday and will remain closed for the rest of the week while police investigate threats that Clay County Middle School students allegedly made about shooting classmates and teachers, according to the county schools superintendent.

On April 26, school administrators at Clay County Middle received a tip that a middle school student had made threats about shooting people at the school on April 20, Clay County Superintendent Kenneth Tanner said Wednesday morning. April 20 was the 17th anniversary of the attack by two students at Columbine High School, in Colorado.

“It’s very scary — very sick,” Tanner said.

Tanner said three students have since been removed from school for their involvement in the threat.

“The plan was to go through classrooms and shoot as many students and staff as they could…

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