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Police: Student to face felony for Kearns High School Twitter threat

Published: Monday, Aug. 31 2015 1:14 a.m. MDT

Police say a 17-year-old boy will face felony charges for saying on Twitter that he was going to blow up Kearns High School. (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Police say a 17-year-old boy will face felony charges for saying on Twitter that he was going to blow up Kearns High School. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

KEARNS, Utah — Police say a 17-year-old boy will face felony charges for saying on Twitter that he was going to blow up Kearns High School.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal says a caller who was apparently from Washington, D.C. reported the Twitter post about 9 a.m. Thursday. Hoyal says school police checking it out found a photo of explosives attached, and put the school on lockdown.

Officials say the student wasn't at school that day, but they found him a short time later.

The teen told police the post was just a joke.

Hoyal says it didn't appear the student was planning to carry out the threat, but adds that police take such statements seriously.

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