Bomb threat at Wewahitchka Elementary under investigation

A written bomb threat was located in a bathroom at Wewahitchka Elemenraty School Wednesday afternoon, according to a press release from the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office.

The school resource deputy assigned to the school received a report of the threat at the end of the school day as students were about to be dismissed.

A search was conducted after all students had left the campus. No explosive devices were located.

“I’ve got an investigator assigned to it,” said Sheriff Mike Harrison. “They’re trying to look at the video surveillance and narrow down the time frame. We’ll be interviewing some kids and some of the teachers that were there in the area and hopefully determine who did this.

Harrison said investigators will continue to investigate the threat and will work with the school resource deputy and school administration to identify a suspect and determine disciplinary action.

“It’s not a joke. We were having this happen too often. The last two times we were able to identify this subject and we pressed criminal charges against them,” Harrison said. “And I know we’re dealing with probably an elementary-school-aged child here, but unfortunately we have to do our job, and part of that is going to be following with charges.

This is the third bomb threat at a Wewahitchka school this year, following two at Wewahitchka Hich School in February and May. All three threats have been written.

This report will be updated as more information becomes available.

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

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