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School shooting threat thwarted in West Jordan

Posted at 10:54 AM, Nov 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-08 19:13:50-05

WEST JORDAN, Utah — Students at two schools in West Jordan used an anonymous tip-reporting app to help police thwart a threat of a school shooting.

West Jordan Police Chief Ken Wallentine said students from Copper Hills High School and Sunset Ridge Middle School reported the threats via the Safe UT app.

"In this particular case, we felt that it was credible because we had multiple reports and we also had a little bit of awareness of what had happened in the week preceding the threat from yesterday," Wallentine said.

After receiving anonymous tips from the Safe UT alerting system, West Jordan Police dispatched school resource officers.

The student accused of making the threats has been taken into custody and is being detained.

"[That student] had no immediate access to firearms. The family had taken care of that angle," Wallentine told FOX 13 Friday morning.

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