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Juvenile holds students, teacher hostage at gunpoint in Barbour County

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PHILIPPI, WV (WVVA) Philip Barbour High School is placed on lockdown after a 14-year-old boy holds students and a teacher hostage.

Multiple law enforcement agencies and fire departments arrived at the school around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.  According to the West Virginia State Police, the 14-year-old student held "numerous students and a teacher hostage with a pistol, in a second floor classroom." All other students were evacuated to the football field, put on school buses, and sent home.

The juvenile gunmen eventually agreed to release all of the hostages. He then "put the gun down and surrendered to law enforcement without further incident."

Authorities: Teacher calmed teen who held classmates hostage 

Investigators are still trying to determine the motive. The juvenile was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. He will be detained once released from medical care. It will be up to the Prosecuting Attorney to determine what actions will be taken. 

The West Virginia State Police would like to thank all involved law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and first responders. Additionally, the West Virginia State Police would like to thank all the parents of the schoolchildren for their patience, understanding, and cooperation. Their ability to keep calm in this situation made it much easier for officers to successfully perform their duties, which resulted in positive conclusion to an incident which easily could have developed into a tragedy. Finally, the West Virginia State Police would like to recognize the involved school personnel for having a clear, concise plan of evacuation for the school and executing it with perfection.  

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