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A West Virginia school district is training its students to counter school shootings in a manner that leaves open the option to physically confront the shooter.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that schools in Kanawha County School District are now learning under the ALICE Training Institute's program, which teaches the "run, hide, fight" method. If students cannot exit a room safely or barricade the door, the program says, students should counter the attacker by throwing objects at them or swarming them.

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Six-foot-long stop arms on school buses haven't deterred some drivers from trying to illegally pass.

Kanawha County Schools executive transportation director Brette Farley tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail that the new stop arms have been hit six times since the school year began in August.

In Cabell County, schools transportation director Joe Meadows says one driver hit an arm.

Kanawha Textbook War
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On September 3, 2974, Kanawha County schools opened amid high tensions. Months earlier, school board member Alice Moore had objected to the content of new language arts books the county was adopting. She felt that many were anti-religious or anti-American. Fueled by the efforts of conservative ministers, an opposition movement to the books grew rapidly, particularly in rural parts of Kanawha County. Despite petitions bearing 12,000 signatures and public condemnation of the books by 27 ministers on the grounds of immorality and indecency, the board approved most of the books.

  A Kanawha County student has been expelled for threatening to bring a gun to school.

Riverside High School Principal Valery Harper says the student has been turned over to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.

Harper says the threat was directed at the entire student body and not any individual student. She says the student made the threat in a conversation with other students, who notified school officials.

Cpl. Brian Humphreys with the sheriff's department says the incident is under investigation.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Four workers have been charged with stealing food and supplies from a Kanawha County high school.

After smells of licorice, reported symptoms of burning eyes and noses, as well as positive tests of MCHM in recent weeks, tensions remain high over the safety of children after the Jan. 9 spill. Mackenzie Mays of The Charleston Gazette reports that many parents of children in Kanawha County schools are wondering how long schools will provide bottled water and how effective the new "rapid response team" has been. These concerns were the highlight of the Kanawha County Board of Education's Wednesday night meeting.

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Kanawha County Schools plans to close three daycare facilities in March.

Executive director of elementary education Bob Calhoun attributes the closures to funding cuts. He says that the facilities have lost about $60,000 since the beginning of the school year.

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Concerns over the water in West Virginia persist 39 days after a coal scrubbing chemical spill affected the water supply of some 300,000 residents across nine counties. One school in Kanawha Co. dismissed early  Monday.

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Test results show bottled water provided to Kanawha County Schools do not contain coliform after a health official discontinued its use Wednesday.

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department ran tests for coliform, an indicator of bacteria, after complaints that the water had a musty smell and an issue with taste.

Even more Kanawha County schools have canceled classes because of an odor resembling the chemical that spilled into a regional water system last month.
West Virginia Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro says Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring directed J.E. Robins Elementary School in Charleston to close Thursday morning as a precautionary measure.

Updated on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 4:30:

Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring released the following statement:

Two West Virginia schools closed early because of an odor resembling the chemical that spilled into a regional water system last month.
     Riverside High and Midland Trail Elementary in Kanawha County closed Wednesday morning because of the licorice smell.
     The chemical wasn't detected in previous testing.

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Tests conducted more than two weeks after a chemical spill tainted the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians show the presence of the chemical remains in five schools.
     The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management on Friday released the results of water samples taken at 83 schools in five counties.