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Threat against West Valley City school is hoax, police say

Posted at 11:07 AM, Apr 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-22 10:10:39-04

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A threat of violence that prompted a West Valley City high school to move classes online was a hoax, according to police.

In an email sent to parents and students at East Hollywood High School on Thursday, principal Katrina Walker told students to stay home the rest of the week out of caution as officials worked to investigate the perceived threat.

Walker mentioned the violent threat was made on social media Wednesday evening and asked anyone with information to contact her through email or by filing a report with the SafeUT app.

West Valley City Police spokesperson Roxeanne Vainuku told FOX 13 News on Friday morning that it was a hoax from a fake Instagram account that warned several students to not attend school and showed a picture of an unknown male with a gun.

Charges are pending.

Walker said she’s confident students and staff will be able to return safely on Monday.