Teenage boy arrested for posting threats against school on social media

By Jim Dalrymple II

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: January 9, 2014 09:43PM
Updated: January 10, 2014 01:11PM

A teenage boy was arrested Thursday for posting threatening statements on the Internet.

The boy posted threats against Bingham High School and its students Wednesday on a social media site, according to the South Jordan Police Department. Someone noticed the comments Wednesday evening and reported them to police.

Investigators tracked the boy down Thursday, police say. South Jordan Sgt. Samuel Winkler said the boy is a resident of South Jordan and a student at Bingham High. Winkler did not have information about the specific threats the boy made, saying only that they were broadly directed at the school.

The boy was booked into the Salt Lake Valley Detention Center Thursday on charges of making terroristic threats.

Police officers also spent Thursday on the Bingham High School campus as a safety precaution.

A statement released by the South Jordan Police Department notes that there is a zero tolerance policy in the city when it comes to making threats. Winkler encouraged anyone coming across threatening statements to report them to police.

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