Sheriff vows 'zero tolerance' for school shooting 'jokes'

At least 9 threats investigated along Wasatch Front in past week; awareness campaign launched

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  • Allen South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 28, 2018 9:51 a.m.

    "At the beginning of each year, my kids and I sign disclosures agreeing to various school and classroom rules. We should have a exclusive disclosure that stipulates that any student that make a violent threat will be subject to expulsion and criminal charges."

    I think disclosures are a good idea, but they should refer to disclosures about guns, regardless of a violent threat or a "joke". If disclosures only refer to "violent threats" the kids will feel free to claim their statements are only a joke.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2018 8:30 a.m.

    It is ok to have strict rules.

    But don't give away your ability to make decisions and use your brain.

    Zero tolerance means you can't think anymore you have to just arrest the kindergartner who didn't even understand what he meant to say.

    It means that we have teachers who can't use their own judgement at all.

    It makes our schools a prison to some intolerant system of incompetence.

    Please do not say Zero Tolerance. It is not ok.

  • imustbebored sandy, UT
    Feb. 27, 2018 8:04 p.m.

    At the beginning of each year, my kids and I sign disclosures agreeing to various school and classroom rules. We should have a exclusive disclosure that stipulates that any student that make a violent threat will be subject to expulsion and criminal charges. Kids are reminded of classroom and school rules all the time, put up posters or flyers and remind kids on a regular basis of the consequences of making such threats. Also, current legislation protects youth offenders so that we don't know what happens to them. We have the right to know who is making threats against the kids. Show them being arrested on the news, show them making their court appearance, show them sitting in a lock down facility spending 3 or 4 years. I agree, zero tolerance.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 27, 2018 3:42 p.m.

    This cannot be treated as a joke.
    Full investigation, including fingerprints and mug shots.
    Every one of them should include a mandatory 3 day involuntary psych eval as well.

    We can never again allow 23 (or was it 39) police contacts before a comment about school shootings and nothing is done.

    After a dozen or so kids get the full treatment, the rest will decide it is not very funny and go back to other "funny" stuff.

  • SMcloud Sandy, UT
    Feb. 27, 2018 3:24 p.m.

    Anyone who makes these types of threats should lose their firearm immediately. If they are minors, their parents should be held accountable.

    They can earn the privilege back after 5-10 years of normal behavior.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 27, 2018 2:32 p.m.

    While I applaud Sheriff Rivera's efforts, there needs to be national laws for these threats. Just like making bomb jokes/threats in airports, we need an across the board policy that makes mandatory arrests and penalties.