West Jordan Police: Teen arrested after threatening school violence

Wednesday , March 14, 2018 - 12:03 PM

WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — Police in West Jordan say a teen has been arrested over a threat of violence against a middle school.

West Jordan police Sgt. J.C. Holt tells the Salt Lake Tribune the teen was arrested Tuesday night after authorities received a tip about social media posts.

Holt says the boy had posted on Instagram a photo of himself holding a gun, eliciting a school-shooting comment.

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Holt says authorities did not take the post as a joke and the department will “continue to be very aggressive” about arresting people over similar threats.

The arrest came a day before thousands of Utah students participated in walkouts to protest gun violence and demand change as part of national demonstrations.

Holt says the teen is not a student at Joel P. Jensen Middle School but “has ties to it.”

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