OREM, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Police say a 14-year student at Orem’s Lakeridge Junior High posted what looked like a handgun online Wednesday night with the message: “Don’t go to school tomorrow.”
“Especially in today’s world, we don’t take any of these type of threats lightly,” said Lt. Craig Martinez with Orem Police.
According to Martinez, police were called by a concerned parent. Later Wednesday night, authorities found the 14-yr-old student and contacted him and his parents.
“The gun that was shown in the picture was a BB gun,” said Martinez.
“It was made to look like a real handgun,” added Martinez.
The student was kept out of school Thursday, and it will be up to the Utah County Attorney whether charges are filed. The Alpine School District sent out this letter to parents:
Administration was notified late last night by Orem Police that a student had allegedly made a threat that was to have occurred at school today. Orem Police acted quickly and have investigated the incident. The source of the threat has been identified and the student is not at school today.
Because of the alleged threat we have had our School Resource Officer in our building at times during the day. Orem Police and Lakeridge Administration feel there is no present cause for concern. We have had a few calls asking if we are on lockdown and we have NOT been on lockdown at any time during the day.
Thank you for your continued support! We love our students and are always are concerned about their safety!”