COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (ABC4 News) – Fear spread through Brighton High School Friday after someone’s social media post was altered to show a threat involving a gun.
A teenager who does not go to Brighton High School, posted a video of a gun, commonly used for paintballing, to Snapchat. That post made no threats. Someone took a screenshot of the video and added a message that warned people to get out of Brighton High School, said Canyons School District spokesman Jeff Haney.
Rumors of an active shooter began to spread on campus.
“A student would take a snap of themselves walking down the hallway and say something like, ‘everyone here at Brighton is afraid because of this post, or everyone here is saying that this is going to happen at the school’,” said Haney.
Haney said Cottonwood Heights Police contacted the student who made the original post and his parents. Police verified there was no threat to Brighton High School or its students.
Haney said students and parents were made aware of the incident.
“We immediately told the students over the intercom that we understand that there is a lot of discussion amongst students of this particular social media post and other versions of it. But in our investigation, we determined there was no threat against the school or any of the students,” Haney explained.
It’s unclear if the student who altered the original post will face charges.