UPDATE: Teen Charged for Threatening Text that Led to Lockdown

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 11/20/13 @ 5:30 p.m.
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A teen has been charged after a lockdown at Parkersburg High School.

Jonathan Michael Loncala, 18 and a former student at PHS, is charged with sending a threat by a cell phone.

The incident happened Wednesday morning.

Police say they were alerted to the situation after a student notified school officials that he received a text from another student who said he had a gun.

The school was put on lockdown for about an hour. Police determined there was no gun inside the school.

Loncala was arraigned on the charge Wednesday afternoon.

PHS did send an automated phone message to parents about the lock down.

The Parkersburg Police Department says they will use this incident to evaluate their emergency response plan.



UPDATE 11/20/13 @ 11:25 a.m.
PARKESRBURG, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A teenager has turned himself in after a lockdown at Parkersburg High School.

Our sister station WTAP reports than an 18-year-old former student has been taken into custody.

Parkersburg Police say it started as a series of texts between the former student and current students.

Police say in one of the texts, the former student sent a picture of a gun, but they are not sure what the context of the message was.

Police say after the messages were sent, the student visited the school Wednesday morning. They say he never went inside and witnesses say they never saw a gun.

No word if charges will be filed.



ORIGINAL STORY 11/20/13 @ 11:07 a.m.
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A person is in custody after Parkersburg High School was placed on lockdown Wednesday morning.

The school was placed on lockdown after Parkersburg Police say there was a report of a man with a gun.

The students were locked in their classrooms and board of education members were on scene.

No other information has been released at this time.


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