Teen arrested for online post with gun warning of "first and last day of school"
(KUTV) - Orem Police arrested a teenager for allegedly posting a threatening picture on Instagram that featured a gun and a caption saying "you ready for your first and last day of school?"
The post appeared on the girl's Instagram Sunday night around 9:00 p.m.
Within two hours, officers arrested the 17-year-old girl for suspicion of threat of terrorism, a second degree felony, and possession of a dangerous weapon by a minor, among other charges.
Police confiscated the handgun.
"We take these types of cases very, very seriously and we will do everything in our power to protect our kids. Parents, please talk to your kids about this. Making any type of threats like this can land you in Juvy with some very serious consequences. This is not a joke so please talk to them even if you don't think you need to," Orem police said in an online post.
According to detectives, the 17-year-old girl attends Mountain View High School.
David Stephenson from the Alpine School District issued the following statement about the incident:
As soon as the threat was reported by students and parents last evening, the Orem Police Department and school administration immediately began gathering information and conducting an investigation. It was determined that a student was responsible for the threat and was later arrested Sunday evening.
The school was able to begin their first day without interruption and parents were notified of the situation. We are grateful to students and parents who didn’t hesitate to say something, when they saw something. This is the message we want to convey to our public. Schools must be a safe haven for our children in order for learning to occur. Our children, families and employees need to feel safe.