BOUNTIFUL — Mueller Park Jr. High School will have an increased police presence Friday after a student allegedly made a threat toward the school, according to a statement sent to parents from the school's principal, Deanne Kapetanov.
Bountiful police on Thursday investigated rumors of the threat that were shared on social media and after parents called the school. None of the rumors were substantiated, according Kapetanov's message.
"We continue to take all threats seriously and there will be an added police presence at our school tomorrow," the message said. "That being said, our school is safe, and we look forward to ending the week positively and quietly."
Mueller Park made headlines in December 2016 when a 15-year-old student took two guns to the school and fired a shot into the ceiling before his parents, who had come looking for him, disarmed him. No one was injured and the teen was later sentenced to spend time in a secure juvenile detention facility.
"Our community still remembers painfully the day of the school shooting at Mueller Park Jr. High School in 2016," Bountiful Police Lt. Dave Edwards said Thursday. "I'm sure the entire community is extra sensitive to any threat of violence, especially at that school."
Wednesday, a tip was submitted to the Safe UT app that someone was threatening violence against the school, Edwards said.
The app sent an alert to faculty and students informing them of the potential threat of violence to the school. The threat was deemed not credible after an investigation, Edwards said. Thursday, a second report was made to Bountiful police about the threat and a second investigation concluded it still wasn't credible2 comments on this story
"Even though we've closed our investigation into this threat we'll provide an extra presence at the school tomorrow to give those students a sense of security and safety, allowing them to go into school and focus simply on their education," Edwards said.
In her message to parents, Kapetanov praised those who had notified the school of the alleged threat.
"Thanks for all you do to support our school," Kapetanov said in the statement. "As a reminder, we always practice 'See Something, Say Something.' If ever you see something out of the ordinary or have a concern about school safety, please contact us and/or use the Safe UT app."