LOCAL NEWS

UPDATE: Lockdown lifted at West High School, three students detained

Dec 13, 2021, 11:01 AM | Updated: 8:51 pm

SALT LAKE CITY –– The lockdown at West High School was lifted Monday afternoon after it was put into effect Monday around 10:50 a.m.  According to Salt Lake City Police, three students have been detained as part of an on-going investigation involving a firearm.

Yándary Zavala Chatwin, Salt Lake City School District spokesperson, said in a statement, “West received word of a possible threat so the building is on lockdown. Salt Lake City Police Department officers are in the building right now working with West High administration to investigate credibility. Right now, students are safe, and classes are continuing.”

Natasha, who asked that her last name not be used, is junior at West High. She arrived to school late and found all the doors locked.

It’s hard to imagine something like that happening at your school. But when they wouldn’t let us inside I think it got more serious,” Natasha said. “It scared me a little bit because it’s like..sure, that could be a joke, but it also could be serious. Something could either happen to me or a student.”

“It angers me. It frustrates me. I left work. This is supposed to be a safe haven for children,” Phill Baker, a parent of West High Students said.

Baker’s two sons attend West High School. He found out about the lockdown when they texted him.

“We didn’t have things like this when I was growing up so it’s frustrating. It’s scary. It’s gut wrenching,” Baker said. “These things are traumatic. Whether it’s real or not real you need to take precautions when it comes to things like this.”

A Snapchat photo surfaced reportedly from West High School showing someone holding a gun with the words, “Inda Wild West,” written across the screen.

Snapchat uses geofences — virtual geographic boundaries, made by GPS or RFID technology, that allow the software to “know” when a mobile device enters or leaves a particular area — to determine the location of photos taken. The user can then put the location on your screen, as this photo shows.

A Snapchat of a gun taken in West High School Monday morning.

This means that the photo shown was taken in the school or on school grounds as the location listed is informed by GPS.

During the investigation, police discovered a student had stolen a firearm from a family member and brought it to school. They did not mention if it was related to the snapchat circulating on social media.

“That’s absolutely the right thing to do. That is how the administration became aware of the threat is a student sharing a psot and that’s exactly what we need students to be doing and anyone who has any information to share what they know,” Chatwin said.

The three students involved have been identified and their parents/guardians have been contacted according to a statement from police.

One student was taken into custody at the Salt Lake Valley Detention Center where they will be referred to the 3rd District Juvenile Court for possible prosecution.

Another student was released to their parents and may face charges at a later date.

The third student is still being investigated for their involvement and it is not clear whether they will be released to their parents/guardians or sent to Salt Lake Valley Detention Center.

Once police had completed a thorough search of the campus and deemed it safe, the lockdown was lifted and classes were able to resume. The lockdown order was lifted around 2 p.m. Monday.

The weapon involved in this incident has not been located. This case continues to be investigated by police and they encourage anyone who comes across the firearm to not touch it and call 9-1-1.

Anyone with information on this case should call 801-799-3000 and reference case number 21-228434.

“We are really grateful for the support of our Salt Lake City Police Officers who are helping us to stay calm and helping to make sure our kids can continue to get their education and stay safe,” Chatwin said.

Earlier Monday, eight schools in the Box Elder School District moved classes online following alleged threats and social media posts.

Authorities believe those northern Utah threats are all hoaxes and police are talking with suspects. Bomb-sniffing dogs were deployed to Tremonton-area schools as a precaution.

Box Elder Co. schools moved online as police investigate potential threats

This article will be updated as new information is received.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Follow @KSL_AlexCabrero...
Alex Cabrero

SportClips in Sugar House reopens after massive apartment fire

SportClips in Sugar House reopened for business Tuesday, 33 days after they were forced to close due to a massive fire that broke out at an under-construction apartment complex.
1 day ago
Charges against Linda Tracy Gillman were dismissed after the state was not ready to move forward wi...
Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com

Charges dropped for 75-year-old woman accused of hiring hit man

Linda Tracy Gillman is already in prison after being convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband and was scheduled to be on trial for attempting to hire another person, to eliminate evidence and a witness in that case.
1 day ago
...
Jed Boal

Plow drivers needed, but UDOT says the storm itself was the source of delay

Was it staffing issues or the storm itself at the source of traffic troubles Monday night and Tuesday morning across the Wasatch Front?
1 day ago
...
Tamara Vaifanua

Festival of Trees showcases 11-year-old who persevered against the odds

Patient Champion of the Festival of the Trees celebrates an 11-year-old girl who lost her leg in an accident six years ago and is now defying the odds.
1 day ago
Beaver Mountain ready...
Mike Anderson

Cache Valley resorts cashing in on early start dates

Ski resorts in Cache Valley planned for some of their earliest start dates in about a decade thanks to our recent storms.
1 day ago
(Shelby Lofton/KSL TV)...
Shelby Lofton

Dispatchers get accidental 911 calls from skiers because of iPhone crash technology

Summit County dispatchers are seeing an uptick in accidental emergency calls from skiers. The new crash technology on iPhones is designed to detect severe car crashes, but it's often accidentally activated at ski resorts.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
UPDATE: Lockdown lifted at West High School, three students detained