KEARNS — Yet another student is in trouble with the law for allegedly making a threat of violence against a Utah school, police said Monday.
The incident marks the fifth Utah student in less than a week who has either been arrested or cited, and could face criminal charges for allegedly making unfounded threats on social media.
On Sunday, Unified police were notified of a picture on Snapchat "which showed a rifle in the suspect’s lap and a warning to 'not come to school on Monday,'" according to a statement from Unified police.
An hour later, detectives identified the student as a 13-year-old boy who attends Thomas Jefferson Junior High School in Kearns. Officers then went the boy's house.
"It was determined that the gun pictured was an Airsoft rifle, and there was no immediate threat to the school," police said.
The boy was arrested for investigation of making a terroristic threat. Rather than being taken to juvenile detention, he was returned to the custody of his parents.
The incident marks the fifth school threat in Utah in less than a week.
• On Friday, a "concerning" Snapchat post from a 17-year-old girl at Timpanogos High School resulted in police interviewing the girl at her home. She faces a possible misdemeanor charge.
• On Thursday, a Springville High School student was arrested and booked into Slate Canyon Detention Center for allegedly posting 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.11 comments on this story
• On Wednesday, a Wasatch High School student was arrested and accused of threatening gun violence. Heber City police said the student was cooperating with them but they provided no details about the content of the post.
• On Tuesday, police say 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. Police do not believe the threat was legitimate. The student was cited for investigation of making a false alarm.
The wave of student threats comes on the heels of the tragic mass shootings at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead.