OREM — A 17-year-old girl from Timpanogos High School is facing a potential charge for a threatening social media post, making her the fourth Utah student in a week investigated for making threats.
The wave of student threats comes within days of a deadly attack on a Florida high school that left 17 people dead.
Students who saw a "concerning" post from the girl on Snapchat about 5 p.m. Thursday immediately reached out to their parents, the Alpine School District and Orem police said.
Officers and district officials identified the girl, then interviewed her and her parents, Orem police said. Investigators determined the threat was not credible and that the girl had no access to any firearms. Police said officers would be on scene at the school Friday.
The girl's post "didn't rise to the offense of a terroristic threat," according to police, but is being screened for a misdemeanor charge. Because of the girl's age and the fact that she was only being investigated for a misdemeanor allegation, she was not taken into custody or booked into a youth facility, police said.
No further details about the post were provided.
Orem police praised the students who spoke out about the post and urged parents to emphasize to their children that any threatening messages, even posted as jokes, will be investigated by the department and the school district.
"We thank those students that showed the courage to come forward, the parents who called and the (Alpine School District) for their quick response. Threats like these will always be taken seriously and we will work quickly to ensure the safety of our kids in Orem," Orem police wrote in a statement.
Other school threats investigated this week in Utah include:
• A Springville High School student was arrested Thursday and booked into Slate Canyon Detention Center after police said he posted a picture on Snapchat of a person holding a gun, along with a message that suggested violence. Springville Police Lt. Warren Foster said the boy told officers the post was meant as "a dark joke" and he appeared to have no real intention of carrying out the threat. The boy's parents handed over his Airsoft gun to police.6 comments on this story
• On Wednesday, a Wasatch High School student was arrested and accused of threatening gun violence. Heber City police did not identify the teen who allegedly made the threat but said the student was in custody and was cooperating with them. No details on the content of the post were provided.
• On Tuesday, a student at Sandy's Eastmont Middle School who was apparently upset about a friend who had been expelled from the school, posted a comment on social media to the effect of getting revenge by shooting up the school, said Sandy Police Sgt. Jason Nielsen. Police do not believe the threat was legitimate. The student was cited for investigation of making a false alarm.