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Increased security at Kane County schools as police investigate threats of violence

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KANE COUNTY, Utah (News4Utah) – “If you see something, say something.”

Law enforcement agencies are reminding residents to be vigilant amid a spike in potential threats to local schools.

Authorities in Kane County say they have responded to several potential threats of violence in local schools over the past week.

On Thursday, a report of student possibly taking a gun to school in Fredonia was investigated by Fredonia Marshals Office and Coconino County Sheriff’s Office with help from Utah agencies.

Over the weekend, police say two juveniles were taken into custody. They are accused of stealing four guns from a Kanab resident.

Kane County Sheriff’s Office got an anonymous tip about a potential threat at Kanab High School on Monday. Also on Monday, there was tip sent through the SafeUT tip line stating that a student had been talking about bringing a gun to school.

Because the tips are considered threats toward the schools, extra security was added for all schools in the area.

The Kanab Police Department and Kane County Sheriff’s Office launched a joint investigation to figure out who is behind the threats.

“Student safety is the number one concern of law enforcement and the school district. We are taking these matters vey seriously. All threats will be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted if appropriate,” the agencies said in a joint statement Tuesday.

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