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SPIRIT of JEI FERn ON FARMER S ADVOCATE and " ' '" TM NEWS PAGE A5 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Hoax FROM PAGEA1 "We began investigating it that night and within a short number of hours had located the post on Snapchat and had interviewed the person and were advised that there was no threat," Kutcher said. "It was a three-hour turnaround from the time the threat was re- ceived to locating the source of the post." He said Charles Town Police visited all three schools in the city on Tuesday to allay concerns of students and staff about the incident. "My first call to school personnel was to no- tify them that we were investigating a poten- tial threat'and was able to notify them that is was a false threat," Kutcher said. "With these types of incidents going on in the country, we want to do what we can to ensure the safety of students and faculty." Kutcher said people are distressed about threats to schools following the mass shoot- ROBERT SNYDER A teenager was arrested and charged as a Juvenile after falsely claiming that a shooting would occur at Washington High School on Tuesday. Charles Town Police Chief Chris Kutcher said po- lice investigated the threat on Sunday and were able to determine very quickly that It was a hoax made up by the teen posting on the Snapchat social media website. Over the weekend, teens and others de-stocks," which can be attached to semiau- scended on President Donald Trump's Mar- tomatic weapons to allow them to fire more a-Lago estate in Florida to protest for safer rapidly. During a press briefing, White House schools. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said other re- ing last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas This week, Trump, who visited With stu- strictions are being considered by the White High School in Parkland, Fla that killed 17 dents who had been injured in the shooting House. students. Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former over the weekend, signaled that he would con- Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Dougherty student at the school, was arrested shortly af- sider a bill to improve the federal background said his office is investigating a separate so- t.er the shooting, check system. That bill, dubbed the FixNICS cial media post regarding Wildwood Middle The Feb. 14 shooting continues to draw Act, would penalize federal agencies that fail School. He did not indicate whether the same enormous national attention, owing in part to to report criminal history records, teen was being investigated in both events. gripping video footage recorded by students On Tuesday, Trump announced he was or-"We found this, like the initial one, to be to= as they scrambled for Cover. dering the Justice Department to ban "bump tally made up," he said. "We continue to in- vestigate and hope to initiate prosecution of that incident as well." Dougherty said sheriff's deputies also visit- ed schools throughout the county as students returned to school Tuesday following a long Presidents Day weekend. "We and all area law enforcement recog- nize that these were not actual warnings but a hoax designed to disrupt normal school oper- ations," Dougherty said, "As a result of that, since this was swirling around last night, I and all of my available deputies were at the schools to just be seen." A call to the county school board office was not returned. The charge of conveying false information concerning a terrorist act carries a penalty of one to three years if the person charged is an adult, according to Jefferson County Prosecu- tor Matt Harvey. In this incident, a juvenile petition was filed on Tuesday. "We received the report from investiga- tors and determined what are the appropri- ate charges as we would with any juvenile of-' fender," Harvey said. Charles Town Police Lt. George Manning said police should be alerted whenever events like this arise. "We need to be notified to be able to get in- volved in these matters," Manning said. "We encourage people to report things." !Rutherford ~FROM PAGE A1 I ;Rutherford said. "If not for him, I :would have never graduated high :school." ' Normally, King held students to high standards. Take the time he ;saw Rutherford smoking. "He promised to make me eat ;that cigarette and that he'd go up- :side my head if he saw me smok- ing again," Rutherford said. "I have never touched a cigarette since." During high school, Rutherford ;was urged to go on to college. Bar- {bara Hennessey - the wife of Bill Hennessey, the owner of a Pon- :tiac dealership where Rutherford worked - suggested he consider her alma mater, Temple University, in < Philadelphia. He knew of African-American 'military veterans who were attend- "ing classes at Storer College in Harp- :ers Ferry, the teacher training school ,'founded in 1867 and open to people ?of any race and both genders. Ru- ;therford enrolled in night classes at Storer but quit after three months. "I was young and foolish," the 82- iyear-old said. "I never really fol- "lowed through with any of it and :eventually, I enlisted in the service." ' He served as an Army paratroop- 'er during the Korean War and after returning to Charles Town, Rutherford enrolled at Shep- herd. And started to struggle. He says he was on course to finish with straight Fs but an ad- missions administra- tor allowed Ruther, ford to withdraw without counting the Fs against him. Rutherford was able to re-enroll, this time while working a full-time night job at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg. He didn't squander his second chance. "By the end of that semester, I had taken six hours and I had six hours of Bs," Rutherford said. The rest of his years at Shepherd, he stayed on track. "I didn't make any Fs, Ds or As," Rutherford said. "All my grades were Bs or Cs." In the mid-1950s, Shepherd was just becoming an integrated school. "Shepherd wasn't a picnic," Ru- therford remembered. "Black stu- dents weren't welcome at the stu- dent union and we all ate lunch out- side in our cars." Rutherford took a dance class for one of his physical education credits and that proved difficult. "All the women in the class were white and I couldn't ask them to dance because that would have been hell on them," Ru- therford said. "Most of the time, I danced with the teacher." He said he learned lessons that have fol- lowed him through- out his life. One came from Ray Harris, a pro- fessor at Shepherd. "He was always so hard on me, Rutherford remem- bers. "I thought he was one of the most racist people I'd ever met. He would ask me the most difficult questions in class. It was like he was trying to embarrass me and there was nothing I could do about it." Then one day, Rutherford's opin- ion of Harris changed. "He saw me walking across the courtyard and motioned me over," Rutherford said. "It was my final semester and I didn't have him for any classes, and I was happy about that. It meant I would graduate. "I thought I could cuss him out. There wasn't nothing he could do to me." Instead, Harris suggested Ruther- ford pursue a master's in biology at then-Marshall College in Huntington. "He told me he had a brother who was the chair of the biology depart- ment and that he would write me a letter to get me through the door," Rutherford said. Harris followed up on his offer. "It's a funny thing, I talked to oth- er black students who had the same experience with him," Rutherford said. "I think he pushed black stu- dents harder. He felt that if black students were going to get any- where, they needed it." Rutherford earned his master's in nine months while working at the VA in Huntington. He went on to apply for one of 12 vacancies for full-time openings at the Huntington VA but Ruther- ford, with a master's degree, got overlooked in favor of other men lacking even high school degrees. He filed a complaint. "There was C cars.!' an investigation and I won," Ru- therford said. Rutherford. would go on to retire from the federal government after 42 years of serving as a Job Corps counselor and teacher, park ranger, finance manager, urban planner and space utilization specialist. ' His awards over the years have included the T.G. Nutter Award, the highest honor from the state NAACP and the West Virginia Martin Luther King "Living the Dream" Award. One of the founders of the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society, he's also been named the Ranson Citizen of the Year. 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