Student detained after making alleged threats

Beth Sergent

April 11, 2014

POINT PLEASANT — A student at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School has been detained after allegedly making threats.

The threat was allegedly made by a student at PPJ/SHS on April 10 with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department investigating. The investigation led to the involvement of the Mason County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

According to a statement from the office of Prosecuting Attorney R. Craig Tatterson, following the investigation by the sheriff’s department, “The Mason County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office took appropriate action which resulted in the juvenile being placed in detention.”

Tatterson’s office said the sheriff’s department continued the investigation into the early morning hours of April 11.

No additional details can be made available at this time due to the ongoing nature of the investigation and the fact that the matter involves a juvenile, according to Tatterson’s office.

“As in any case, a charge alleging that a person committed a crime or act of delinquency is merely an accusation and any such person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty,” the statement from Tatterson’s office stressed.

Mason County Schools Superintendent Suzanne Dickens was also contacted by the Point Pleasant Register but due to the nature of the investigation and the fact it involved a student, she was unable to provide comment specifically about this incident. However, Dickens did make a statement about safety within the school system.

“Anytime the safety and well-being of students and staff is a concern, all measures are taken by the administration and staff to provide a safe environment for all,” Dickens said.

The incident quickly blew up on social media causing fear among students and parents with some students not showing up for class on Friday.