(12/19/2012)
The fall-out continues in West Virginia following the largest mass murder of children in the USA at a Connecticut school last week, including the arrest of a former Jackson Co. sheriff's candidate that has made threats.

A 16-year-old female Wirt County High School student, according to the WV State Police, has confessed to making a bomb threat call to the school Monday.

State Police say that while conducting interviews with students, they got the confession from the student, whose name will not be released.

Felony criminal charges are pending.

Several other West Virginia schools experienced threats.

Former candidate for Jackson County Sheriff, Joseph Edward Tate, is facing multiple criminal charges after he threatened to copy the Connecticut tragedy that took 26 lives.

Chief Deputy Tony Boggs says Tate went to Evans Elementary School in Evans on Tuesday at 8 a.m., upset about the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) taking custody of his children.

Tate reportedly believed the school was responsible for him losing custody of his children, they said.

The irate Tate told the school's secretary, "If you wonder why people shoot people like they just did, it's because of things like this!" after which the school called 911.

Investigators said they spoke to personnel at the DHHR office and found that when Tate learned about losing his children, he said "If you're in my house when I get home, I'll blow your head off" and "You know that school shooting that happened in Connecticut, that's what its gonna be like."

Authorities said Tate called the DHHR again and said something to the effect, "If you take my kids, it'll be like that school shooting. I'll kill a bunch of people and myself."

Tate, who lost his Sheriff's bid during the last Primary election, has been charged with two counts of making terrorist threats.

His bond is $300,000.

Sgt. Greg Collins of the Parkersburg Police Department says a report of a student intending to bring a gun to school at Parkersburg South High School began circulating Monday.

Authorities went to the student's home, interviewing the student and the mother, determining there was no criminal threat.

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