SALT LAKE CITY, Utah- (News4Utah) A dangerous threat from a senior yesterday at Springville High School got him arrested. While the student said his threat of gun violence was just a joke, police say it’s no laughing matter.
Threats like these can leave both students and parents on edge. Ben Horsely from the Granite School District, joined Emily Clark, to talk about what they’re doing to keep students safe.
Horsely says they sent out more than 30K emails to parents. The emails were sent following the school shooting in Florida last week to remind parents and students of the protocols in place to ensure safety in their schools.
The detailed safety protocols in place include a 16-member police force, a daily threat assessment, and securing entrances and exits at every school. Horsely also says the design of the schools is very important. A number of new safety functions and features are being implemented in the building of new schools, and current schools are being remodeled to include these features. Olympus High School, for instance, has 4 exterior entries and you can only get through one. Cyprus High School has over 72 access points, and that school is currently being remodeled using the school bond they just received.
Horsely says they are always evaluating different safety procedures, including the ones used in the Florida shooting, for ones that worked and ones that didn’t.
The district also uses the SafeUT app that allows anyone to report a tip anonymously if they see or hear something suspicious or concerning. Horsely says it’s an incredible asset. Students have access to crisis counselors on hand for suicidal behavior or threats, as well as weapons violations and unsafe behavior.
To find out how to download the SafeUT app, and for information on other safety procedures, go to GraniteSchools.org.