AMERICAN FORK, Utah (News4Utah) – An American Fork High School student is under investigation after she made at least four threats against the school, police say.
“Just random threats about different things and then also threats involving explosives and a knife attack,” replied Cameron Paul, the Investigative Lt. for the American Fork Police Department, when asked by News4Utah’s Brittany Johnson what the threats were.
Lt. Paul says the teenager made the alleged threats through the SafeUT App because she thought the app was “stupid” and she hoped to shut it down by spamming the software.
“There was a possibility that she had been called down to the office before and she thought the app was responsible for that. Whether it was or not, I don’t know, but that was one of the reasons she thought it was annoying.”
The threats were made on March 15 after school had been let out for the day. That’s why classes were not canceled.
“We moved so quickly that night and got to a point where we felt good about the investigation that evening that the school wasn’t forced to do anything additional,” said Paul.
Lt. Paul went on to say that his officers went to the student’s home and carried out a search warrant. They did not find any weapons during their search, but they did find information on the teen’s phone that lead them to believe she was the one that made the threats.
“We went over to the house to make contact with the student and parents and we were able to determine that she had been involved in sending those texts to the SafeUT app.”
The SafeUT App is a safe place for students to send anonymous tips, but Lt. Paul says in cases like this where an active rescue may be required, they will provide information to law enforcement, fire and medical officials.
“I understand the idea of being anonymous but when it involves something that could injure so many students and have such a large impact, the app is going to do something about that,” Paul said.
The student has not officially been charged. Police officers are working with the county attorney to see what charges, if any, the student will face.
According to Lt. Paul, the student could be charged with a felony for making these types of threats.
Here are the links to download the SafeUT app: