SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Within two days, officers from Ogden and Provo visited high schools after reports of a gun seen on campus. Three students now face serious consequences.
On Thursday, students shared hugs of relief after a report of a gun being fired at a student during a brawl at Provo High School in the afternoon. No one was injured and the reported weapon turned out to be an airsoft pistol.
“I feel like today we were very lucky that no one was injured,” said Seargent Nisha King of the Provo Police Department.
Agents from several nearby agencies and the FBI zoomed in on the school within minutes, cleaning every room.
“Thank goodness for the technology they have at the school as it also helped us locate the people involved very quickly,” says Sgt. King.
“Airsoft guns now look like regular guns, so again, a gun is a gun. We must therefore take it seriously, ”she adds.
Police at Ogden High School on Wednesday said they removed a gun from a teenage boy.
Officials say a school employee’s concerns over a student’s behavior led to a search for the weapon on campus.
The Ogden School District released this statement to parents and ABC4 News:
Dear families of Ogden High School,
Safety at school is our top priority. For this reason, we would like to inform you of a serious security issue. Today, a school employee was worried about a student’s behavior. School principals were immediately alerted and intervened to provide support. This process of intervention led to the discovery that the student was in possession of a weapon.
This is an important concern because it relates to school safety. However, it is also important that we keep this incident in perspective; at this time, we believe this is a completely isolated situation and there is no indication that this person intended to harm our school. A response plan is in place and will continue to protect school safety.
Remember that even when dealing with safety issues at school, we are required to follow student privacy laws. And please pay attention to things that seem unusual. When you see something, say something. It is always best to err on the side of caution when student welfare and school safety are at stake.
Thank you for joining us in our commitment to safety at Ogden High School.
In both cases, officers ask parents to tell their children about the serious ramifications this has on students.
Officials from both school districts are making plans for the future education of the students in question.