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Grantsville High School: ‘Please know everyone is safe’

Oct 2, 2023, 5:38 PM | Updated: Oct 3, 2023, 6:03 am

GRANTSVILLE — Reports of an armed man inside Grantsville High School prompted the evacuation of approximately 100 students participating in after-school activities. The school went into an immediate lockdown.

According to Brett Valdez with Tooele County School District, the students remaining at the school were involved primarily in volleyball and football at the time of the police action. The school was cleared and no threat was found.

Grantsville High School posted on its Facebook page that “everyone is safe.” Police said no threat was found and school will start at it’s normal time on Tuesday. Grantsville Police Department said the report of a man with a gun is under investigation.

“Multiple officers from multiple agencies immediately responded and secured the school and began a room by room search. No one with a firearm was located and officers made sure that every room in the school and all of the surrounding out buildings were cleared and everything is safe at this time,” Grantsville police said. “There will be counselors available for any students who are upset by today’s events.”

Shortly after 5 p.m., the school asked parents to pick up students on the volleyball and football teams, including those who drive to school. It said the parking lot would be closed “indefinitely.” Students and staff still at the school were cleared from the building.

An update came less than 20 minutes later and said students with cars were been allowed to get their vehicles and leave the area.

The initial information came from Brett Valdez with the Tooele County School District.

“We are grateful for the quick response from the law enforcement officers throughout the county,” Valdez said in a statement. “Even though there was no threat found, it is comforting to know they do a wonderful job keeping our schools and community safe.”

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Grantsville High School: ‘Please know everyone is safe’