Brighton High School increases police presence in response to threats made over social media

Posted at 9:20 PM, Nov 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-16 23:21:17-05

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah -- Officials said they are taking threats against Brighton High School seriously and have sent out information to parents apprising them of the situation Sunday night, and the letter indicates searches have been performed and officials have not found weapons or other dangerous items at the school

FOX 13 News received a copy of an email sent to students, and FOX 13 News' Todd Tanner spoke to a school district official who said there will be six extra police officers at the school as well as personnel to answer questions from parents.

Officials said it doesn't appear to be a credible threat but said that they are taking all necessary precautions and to ensure the safety of students.

Police and K9 officers were present at the school Sunday night around 9 p.m.

The full text of the email sent to parents is reproduced below:

Parents of students at Brighton High,

This weekend, we were made aware of threats being made over social media against Brighton High. We immediately started an investigation and, per our security protocols, worked cooperatively with Cottonwood Heights Police to aid in the probe. We also asked the police for additional security at the school when classes resume on Monday.

Please rest assured that we have not found any weapons, facsimiles of weapons or other artifacts at the school, which has been closely guarded throughout the weekend. However, we take matters of school safety very seriously. We are committed to keeping our students and teachers safe, and we continue to work with police on the ongoing investigation. Because it is an ongoing investigation, we cannot release any additional information at this time.

We also ask for your assistance. If you have any information, want to express a concern or ask questions, please call the school directly at 801-826-5800 at 7:15 a.m. Monday and a representative will be ready to speak with you. If you have information that would aid in the police investigation, please call Cottonwood Heights Police at 801-840-4000.

In addition, Brighton High and Canyons District administrators and Cottonwood Heights police officers will be in the hallways and around the school in the coming days. The campus will be well protected.

Again, the safety of our students and employees is paramount. We take seriously every threat of violence and will work tirelessly to provide a safe environment for our school community.

Charisse Hilton
Brighton High School

FOX 13 News reached out to the Cottonwood Heights Police Department officials for information regarding the incident, but officials said they are not revealing any details regarding the investigation at this point.