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'Bad decisions' lead to Bluffdale school lockdown

Posted at 2:19 PM, May 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-17 19:19:48-04

BLUFFDALE, Utah — Photos on social media of students with guns prompted authorities to lock down Summit Academy High School in Bluffdale on Tuesday afternoon.

According to officials, there were two pictures in question, one showing what looked like an airsoft gun taken Sunday, with another taken six months ago featuring a similar gun.

One of the student's girlfriend reportedly re-posted the photo to wish him a happy birthday.

There was also a rumor of a fight circulating at the school Tuesday, prompting officials to implement the lockdown out of an abundance of caution.

"You don’t ever want to second guess yourself about not going into lockdown and keeping people safe,” said Bluffdale Asst. Chief of Police Bill Robertson.

Despite the photos and lockdown, no specific threats were made.

Police said it boils down to bad decisions made by the students who posted the photos.

“That you don’t pose with handguns, fake guns, anything like that and share them, especially when you’re at school. That just causes too many concerns, there’s too much serious stuff going on in the United States and this kind of stuff can be avoided today if you just make better decisions,” Robertson said.

Parents received a notification of the lockdown, with many taking their children out of school early.

School officials expected to discipline the students for the posts, but it wasn't immediately clear what the punishment would be.