KEYSER - A suspicious package found taped to a light pole in front of Keyser High School Wednesday morning brought area emergency crews to the scene and was found to be harmless.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - A suspicious package found taped to a light pole in front of Keyser High School Wednesday morning brought area emergency crews to the scene and was found to be harmless.
According to KHS principal Mike Lewis, the package was discovered at approximately 8:05 a.m. Wednesday by a bus driver. The package had been taped to a light pole in the bus circle in front of the school.
Lewis said the school administration took immediate action - diverting all buses reporting to the school to pick up Technical Center students to the side entrance and making preparations to evacuate the students if necessary.
Superintendent Shawn Dilly and the county emergency response team responded to the scene within minutes, Lewis said, adding that the local emergency responders were also called to the scene.
“According to our protocol and best practices, we were preparing to evacuate our students when it was reported that the suspicious package was an art project containing a pin camera,” Lewis said. “That report was confirmed and the evacuation was terminated.”
Lewis said safety protocol was followed in the progression of the incident.
“The Safety Team is pleased to report that our process and protocols were enacted without hesitation and/or issue. We take students’ safety extremely seriously and are pleased to share that the package is harmless,” he said.
Lewis added that the day continued as a normal school day for the students.