Lockouts lifted after gun threat at several Salt Lake Valley schools

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SALT LAKE COUNTY (ABC4 News)- Several schools in the Salt Lake Valley were placed on lockout Tuesday after police say a man called threatening to shoot-up an unspecified school.

School officials in the Salt Lake and Granite School Districts have since lifted the lockout and/or shelter-in-place.

The following schools were involved:

  • Churchhill Jr. High School
  • Liberty Elementary  
  • Evergreen Jr. 
  • William Penn Elementary  
  • Mill Creek Elementary  
  • Roosevelt Elementary  

Police said the male caller also threatened preschools and daycares in the area. No credible threat was ever found.

Salt Lake City School District sent out the following letter to all SLCSD parents and employees regarding the precautionary school lockouts Tuesday: 

Dear SLCSD employees and families,

Today, police placed several SLCSD schools on lockout while they conducted investigations in many different areas. Several schools throughout the Salt Lake Valley were affected. In SLCSD, the Open Classroom, Liberty Elementary, Wasatch, Elementary, and Ensign Elementary were involved. A lockout means all students are ushered into the school building and exterior doors are locked. Classes can then proceed inside the school while police activity continues outside.

We are grateful to our employees for their quick actions during the lockouts today. Their response helped ensure the safety of our students. All of our schools regularly conduct emergency drills so they are prepared for situations just like this.

Salt Lake City police say they and other law enforcement agencies received multiple calls threatening violence. You can see their statement on their Twitter page. They do not feel that any of the threats were credible, but they took precautionary action to keep our schools safe. We are grateful for their efforts.

The safety of our students and employees is critically important to us. We appreciate the cooperation of parents and students at times like this. We are glad that our schools were prepared and for their professional responses.

If we learn more information about today’s lockouts that impact our schools, we will keep you informed.


Lexi Cunnigham
Superintendent of Schools
Salt Lake City School District

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