CROSS LANES, W.Va. -- A Kanawha County Schools employee has been arrested and charged with making "terroristic threats" after he talked about making gas bombs.
The man was upset this week because other employees at the school had received Walmart gift certificates but he had not, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Police apprehended 51-year-old Bruce Edward Stanley, a custodian at Cross Lanes Elementary, when he arrived at the school Thursday afternoon after making remarks about creating gas bombs, according to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.
Cross Lanes Elementary Principal Vanessa Brown, however, said Stanley was taken into police custody at his home before his shift was to begin Thursday.
She said Stanley directed a "vague" verbal threat at other employees at the school regarding gas bombs Wednesday.
Stanley had talked about bombs around at least three school employees, including cook Robin Redman, according to the criminal complaint.
Stanley came into the cafeteria Wednesday and told Redman he was upset because teachers at the school received Wal-Mart gift certificates for outstanding performance, and he did not get one, according to the complaint.
Redman had joked about what she was going to buy with her gift card and Stanley replied that he would buy a "gas bomb," according to the complaint.
Stanley then asked if anyone had seen a "gas bomb go off," Redman told police. Redman said she's afraid of Stanley because of past aggressive behavior and that Stanley later said it was "coming down," according to the complaint.
Jacqulynn Thomas, head cook, also heard the conversation about the gift cards. According to the complaint, Thomas heard Stanley talk about 9/11 and about bombs before saying he "was serious" and "what would happen if one went off in here?"
Police also spoke with Robert Nasby, Stanley's supervisor, who said Stanley had asked him if he had ever made bombs before, according to the complaint.
Police officers searched the school building with a bomb-sniffing dog after a 911 call reporting the threat at about 11 a.m. Thursday, according to a Metro 911 dispatcher.
The school did not have to be evacuated but was placed on a very brief lockdown as a precaution, Brown said.