A West Virginia high school student was arrested on Tuesday (August 25) after allegedly using a pistol to take a teacher and more than two dozen classmates hostage on campus, police said.
The West Virginia State Police said in a statement that the 14-year-old boy held the hostages in a second-floor classroom at Philip Barbour High School in the small city of Philippi.
Negotiators were able to convince the boy, who was not named by the authorities, to release the teacher and his 27 peers, and later to drop the weapon and surrender. There were no reports of injuries, police said.
"Thank god that none of our students was hurt, but it's been a trying day for the parents and kids. My granddaughter's crying; she wants her grandpa and grandma." said Linda Everson, grandmother of a student.
Police said the school was locked down during the incident and the rest of the students were evacuated to a football field before being taken home by school buses.