CHPD tweet alleges Brighton High School students walkout was forgone for 7-Eleven visit

Cottonwood Heights Police Department has come under fire for a Twitter post that alleged Brighton High School students took the opportunity to frequent the nearby 7-Eleven store instead of participating in the national school walkout on Wednesday. (Photo: @CHPolice / Twitter)

(KUTV) -- Cottonwood Heights Police Department has come under fire for a Twitter post that alleged Brighton High School students took the opportunity to frequent the nearby 7-Eleven store instead of participating in the national school walkout on Wednesday.

2News reached out to CHPD for comment and was told the tweet speaks for itself and the department would not be making further comment.

The CHPD Tweet was criticized and retweeted with words of concern from people with various reactions.

Emad Sarraj questioned, "Now why would a local police force, who's (sic) supposed to serve and protect everybody regardless of political views, take sides on a political issue and poke at citizens who are exercising their rights?"

Other Twitter responses questioned whether the department was doing its job, calling the officers "hypocrites," and one tweet called for the removal of the post calling it "slander".


Another tweet showed displays commemorating the lives lost in the Florida mass shooting, Feb. 14, where Brighton High School students showed posters in protest of gun violence and were behaving respectfully to dispell that all students had left campus for nearby convenience stores.


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