Former Student Facing Criminal Charge Following PHS Incident

WOUB Contributing Writer

Updated Thu, Nov 21, 2013 5:14 am

A text message involving a gun puts Parkersburg High School on lock down.

Now a former student faces a criminal charge in Wood County.

The lock down ended before noon and a teenager turned himself into police.

He's a former Parkersburg High School Student.

He's Jonathan Michael Loncala and he appeared in Wood County Magistrate Court Wednesday afternoon on a misdemeanor charge of sending a threat by cell phone.

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

"It was that thought immediately ... the police department ... the initial thought was the student had been in the parking lot ... and police were dispatched to the parking lot ... the building was immediately put on lock down,"" says Assistant Superintendent Mike Fling. "Once they secured that area they came inside and began to sweep the area ... each class room in the building as well ... all the while collecting information ... that more credible information that we could put information together."

It's believed there was a dispute between the two students.

The lock down was lifted shortly before 11 Wednesday morning.

Both police and school officials say that at no time was there a gun inside the school.

This article was contrributed by WTAP News in Parkersburg.