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Extra police to patrol Copper Hills High graduation after ‘unfounded’ chatter about shooting

Posted at 9:53 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-31 11:59:18-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah — Police in West Jordan say there will be extra officers at Copper Hills High School’s graduation after they received several calls about social media chatter about a shooting at the event.

“There were some students that were talking with one another about how bad it would be if something like this were to happen. And then from there it blossomed into that we had an actual threat of a school shooting,” said Sgt. Holt, West Jordan Police Department, in a video posted on WJPD’s Facebook page Thursday morning. “It is important to note that the investigators – they didn’t find anything to indicate that there was any founded threat at all. It was kids talking about it and then it spread from there.”

West Jordan Police stated Wednesday night they received several calls about social media chatter indicating there was allegedly going to be a shooting at Copper Hills High School’s graduation, which is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Maverik Center.

Police said they located the person responsible for the information about an alleged shooting, “and investigators have discovered the information is unfounded. There will be extra security at the high school regardless as a precautionary measure.”

Police later clarified the extra security will be at the graduation ceremony, not at the high school.