Charges filed against juveniles for school gun threat

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HEBER CITY Utah (News4Utah) – Two teens are facing felony charges for their involvement in a school threat.

In late February, students notified Heber City police about a gun threat on social media.

After investigating, police arrested a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old.  The Heber County attorney now has filed juvenile felony charges against the two teens.

“We thought the charges were warranted,” said Kevin Sweet, the county attorney.

Each of the teens was charged with one count of “threat of terrorism” on a public building.  It is a third degree felony.

In a search warrant filed by Heber City police, the 15-year-old “took an AR-15, manipulated the slide and said ‘don’t come to school tomorrow.’”

The warrant claimed the 17-year-old was recording him on his cellphone and “the video was posted on social media.”

Wednesday’s National School Walkout at Wasatch High School was more than just a show of support for school safety. The issue hit close to home for students.

“A lot of people have said this isn’t even about us but we’ve had two gun threats in a month,” said Porter Riddle.  “They were kind of joking but you shouldn’t have a country where kids are murdering each other in mass, in hallways. That’s absolutely horrible. “

A handful of adults were also standing on a public sidewalk near the school to lend support for the students who walked out.

“I’ve been doing this for 20 years and I think you guys may be the ones that actually make a change,” said an unidentified woman who spoke to Riddle and others who approached the adults.

Another woman said the charges against the two teens were warranted and it should send a message to others.

“I think it will deter the ones who are on the line kind of like ‘maybe I’ll get attention by doing this,'” said Susanne Fagot who was there to support the students.

The 17-year-old will be in juvenile court Thursday.  The 15-year-old is scheduled to appear in April.

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