EMERY COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Emery County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Emery High School student and put him in juvenile detention Sunday after rumors of a threat against the school.
The sheriff’s office says it began investigating after a concerned citizen reported overhearing the student making threats that he was going to shoot students on Monday.
After reviewing the statement from the concerned citizen and with an alleged threat of violence mentioned, including an alleged post on Snapchat, deputies found the individual who had allegedly made the threats and placed him in juvenile detention on Sunday. Investigators felt that it was in the best interest of the public and the juvenile to hold him while the matter was being investigated.
Investigators interviewed all students who might have heard the alleged threat and who might have seen the alleged Snapchat post. Deputies also interviewed friends of the accused.
Emery County Sheriff’s Office finished its investigation and said there was no evidence to substantiate that the juvenile posed a threat to students at Emery High School. The juvenile was released and they say no charges will be filed.
The sheriff’s office said:
“ECSO strives to be on top of threats of violence in our communities and schools. We take these threats seriously and investigate all reports. We also encourage the public to report suspicious activity. However, in the time it takes to conduct a thorough investigation, social media runs rampant with posts that are blown out of proportion.”
As a precautionary measure, law enforcement personnel were assigned to each school in the Emery County School District Monday morning to alleviate fears.