Social media threats prompt extra security at a West Jordan high school graduation

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WEST JORDAN, Utah (News4Utah) – Extra security will be assigned to Copper Hills High School graduation Thursday after rumors of a planned shooting were floating around social media Wednesday night.

West Jordan police said they had been getting calls reporting the social media chatter that talked of a shooting at the school during graduation.

Police said the person responsible for the originating information was found and investigators have discovered the information is “unfounded.”

On Thursday Sgt. Holt with West Jordan Police Department gave more context behind the incident.

Holt said some students were talking about how bad it would be if a shooting were to happen.

“From there it blossomed into that we had an actual threat of a school shooting,” Sgt. Holt said.

Sgt. Holt said there will be extra security at the graduation regardless as a precautionary measure.

“We send our congrats to those of you who are graduating. Good job! Go and enjoy your graduation…we don’t want you to worry. We want you to have good day and have a safe night,” he said.

*Editor’s Note: Police have clarified the extra security will be at the school’s graduation ceremony Thursday night at the Maverik Center.

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