Student faces charges after threat of violence posted to Snapchat

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KEARNS, Utah (News4Utah) – A student was charged after police say a threat of violence was made against a junior high school in Kearns.

On Sunday, Unified Police Department officers from the Kearns Precinct were given information about potential threats of violence aimed at Thomas Jefferson Junior High School.

Police say a photo had been shared on Snapchat which showed a rifle in the person’s lap and a warning to “not come to school on Monday.”

Investigators identified the 13-year-old male student and went to his house to interview him and his parents. Police later determined the weapon in the photo was an airsoft rifle and there was no immediate threat to the school.

Based on the social media post, the teen was charged with making terroristic threats which is punishable as a third-degree felony. He was left with his parents and will await administrative action by Granite School District.

“All threats against schools, regardless of the nature, will be treated as real and investigated thoroughly,” said Unified Police Department in a statement Monday.

Sheriff Rosie Rivera, UPD Kearns Precinct members, and the Granite School District Police Department plan to talk more about the issue Tuesday morning.

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