Third juvenile charged in connection to Clay County Middle School threat

By Carrie Hodousek in News
CLAY, W.Va. — State police have made a third arrest in connection to what was described as a Columbine style threat at Clay County Middle School.

A 13 year old boy was charged Thursday with making terroristic threats, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder. Earlier this week, troopers charged two teenage boys, ages 13 and 15, with the same charges.

According to Clay County Superintendent Kenneth Tanner, the alleged plot included a plan to bring guns into the school and shoot teachers and students. He said it was intended to be carried out on April 20 — the anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado that left 13 dead, 24 wounded and two gunman dead by suicide in 1999.

Clay County schools were closed for three days earlier this month due heightened concerns throughout the community.

Due to the juvenile status of all three suspects, they’re not being identified publicly. Troopers said they’re from the Clay and Kanawha County area.

The investigation remains active. Anyone with additional information about the case can contact Cpl. Green at the Clay State Police Detachment at (304)-286-3185.