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Classes resume at Taylorsville Elementary after fake grenade prompts evacuation

Posted at 10:04 AM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 19:58:14-05

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — Taylorsville Elementary School was evacuated Tuesday morning after a student brought a fake grenade to school, a Unified Fire Authority spokesman said.

Investigators swept the school to ensure the building was safe before students were allowed to return to their classrooms.

"It's just scary. It's my daughter. All we want is for them to be safe. We send them to school to be safe," said Stephanie Zieglmeir, a parent.

At least one parent excused her first grader for the rest of the day.

Fire officials said the student was showing the fake grenade off to friends, which is how administration became aware of the item.

Students waited across the street as responders cleared the building.