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Mood ‘upbeat’ at Philippi school day after crisis

PHILIPPI, W.Va. — Less than a day after an armed 14-year-old student held a Philip Barbour High School classroom hostage, teachers and administrators met at the school Wednesday to process a difficult situation that nearly became a tragedy.

“We just explained to teachers and staff exactly what had taken place yesterday, so that when kids came to school, there wouldn’t be a lot of ‘I hear this happened’ or ‘I hear this happened,’” Barbour County Superintendent Jeff Woofter said. “Teachers would be able to answer questions factually.”

Barbour County Schools operated on a two-hour delay Wednesday, with counselors and ministerial staff available for students.

Woofter, who traveled from school to school in Barbour County on Wednesday, said he didn’t notice any decline in attendance.

“I think a vast majority of the kids came back to school…

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