OREM, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Orem Police Department is warning teenagers about the consequences of making false threats to schools.
Captain Craig Martinez says if kids commit this sort of crime in the city, they will be arrested and charged with third-degree felonies.
The department says over the last week, they have had to deal with three separate threats and this morning, an arrest was made on a student who made a threat at Lakeridge Junior High.
“if someone is convicted of this, it’s not just a criminal offense. When we respond to this, as per these codes, as per state code, we will seek out reimbursement for the cost involved in that”– Chief Gary Gile, Provo Police
Orem P.D. Says these types of false alarms put on a strain on emergency officials and cost taxpayers because of the increased staffing and overtime pay involved to take these threats seriously.