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Cross Lanes Elementary employee allegedly made threats

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - An employee at Cross Lanes Elementary School was arrested Thursday for making comments related to a gas bomb at the school.  

Bruce Edward Stanley, 51, of Cross Lanes, was arrested Thursday morning and is being charged with making "terorristic acts or threats," according to Sgt. Sean Snuffer of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.

Stanley was allegedly "talking about bombs in the school, asking what do you think would happen if one went off," Snuff said. "He was a little disgruntled."

Stanley allegedly made the remarks to fellow employees Wednesday, and the administration was made aware of them. He was arrested at his home Thursday morning and the school was placed on lockdown as a precaution.

"It was actually a threat that we just had to investigate," said Principal Vanessa Brown. "At no point were our children in danger nor will they be in the future."

A bomb dog checked the school, and officers from the sheriff's department patrolled the school for the remainder of the school day. The school was not evacuated because the threat was not considered credible, and there was no indication there was anything dangerous on school property.

Brown said the ordeal was minimally disruptive to the school day and the students were largely unafraid.

"It was great because our first graders were reading about service dogs this week and they just thought a service dog came to visit them," she said of the Sheriff's Department's bomb-sniffing dog. 


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