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13-year-old referred to juvenile court after threat to 'shoot up' middle school in Park City

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Posted at 12:09 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 14:09:21-04

PARK CITY, Utah — A 13-year-old Park City boy has been referred to juvenile court after being accused of making a threat against a school.

Around 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 3, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office was notified about a threat made on social media.

Several students and parents had called to report a Instagram post which talked about “shooting up” Ecker Hill Middle School at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 4.

Deputies worked throughout the night with the help of school administrators.

Using investigative techniques, they had identified a suspect and made contact with the juvenile around 2:30 a.m. Sept. 4.

The Park City teenager told investigators the threat was meant as a joke and they determined he did not have the means to carry out the threat.

He was referred to Third District Juvenile Court for making threats of violence.

The sheriff’s office praised the parents who noticed the post and reported it and said any threat will always be taken seriously and investigated.