UPDATE: Wetzel County Superintendent Tammy Wells released the following statement to 7News

“Last evening, the Board met in executive session with members of the administration to review a recent event involving several students at a New Martinsville-area school.  That event became the subject of numerous social media posts over the past week. The Board took no action and did not deliberate towards any decision relating to those events. The meeting was purely informational. Under 20 U.S.C. 1232g, the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and West Virginia Board of Education Policy 4350, the Board and the administration are prohibited by law from making any public statements about the students involved or any personally-identifiable information about those students. As superintendent, I can assure the public that both state and local policies were followed in investigating and processing this matter. As always, the administration and the Board remain focused on the task of providing a safe and supportive school environment for every student, every day.”

Tammy Wells

NEW MARTINSVILLE, W.Va. (WTRF) – Parents in Wetzel County are upset after an incident between several students at New Martinsville School broke out. 

The Wetzel County Board of Education called a special session tonight to discuss the incident, and many other parents and students were passionately in attendance.  

The parents of one student involved are alleging this incident to be a “hate crime.” 

The meeting did go into executive session, but no action was taken at this time. 

Parents say they are looking to see change.

”I just want reform. I want all of these kids to be able to go to school and not be bullied. I want the school to step up and protect our children, in which they are not doing on multiple levels. That’s why we’re here. We are here with you to say something. Say something – ‘See something, say something, do something’ is the motto.”

Deanna Chubb – New Martinsville School Parent

The Wetzel County Board of Education members declined to make any comment this evening, but a statement from Superintendent Tammy Wells will be released tomorrow. 

Stay with 7News and WTRF.COM for these updates.