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Herriman Police say vandalism at middle school not connected to reports of person in gorilla mask

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Posted at 11:00 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 01:02:47-04

HERRIMAN, Utah — Police in Herriman say a middle school had some windows broken over the weekend, but clarified that the incident was not connected to reports of people in gorilla masks, as some online rumors claimed.

Police said Fort Herriman Middle School employees arrived Monday morning to find damage to several exterior windows, likely caused by "some sort of projectile."

They believe the vandalism happened over the weekend when no students or staff were there.

Some parents were concerned and confused by rumors circulating about people wearing strange masks causing trouble at the school, but Herriman Police said they don't believe that's who broke the windows.

"Separate information regarding an individual driving by the school in a gorilla mask was brought to our attention but is believed to be unrelated at this time," a statement from the department read.

In an online Herriman community message board, one parent posted that she heard there were "guys in monkey masks and police cars everywhere." Another said she heard "guys in monkey masks came by in a limo and threw rocks at the school windows."

Police said they are investigating the vandalism and reviewing video surveillance. They reiterated that no one was hurt or even present at the time and that "the safety of our school children is of the highest priority."

Anyone who has information about the incident is advised to call the police department at (801) 840-4000 and reference case number HR20-12222.