Utah student arrested after bringing handgun to school

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Police arrested a student who brought a gun to East High School on Friday.

The Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) said East High administrators were first alerted to the armed student when a social media article circulated allegedly showing a student holding a firearm.

School resource officers have launched a full investigation to ensure staff and students stay safe on campus.

When the student in question arrived at the school this morning, he was taken into police custody. While searching the student’s backpack, police discovered a handgun and ammunition.

The student was arrested and transported to the Salt Lake Valley Detention Center where he will be referred to the 3rd District Juvenile Court for prosecution.

No identity or additional information has been disclosed at this time.

This latest case of a student bringing guns to campus is part of a national trend circulating on TikTok encouraging students to bring guns to school. Administrators and officers this week faced a series of similar incidents in Utah affecting West High School, Box Elder County Schools, Granite District Schools and more.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown released a statement regarding the incident:

Many affected schools were either locked out or switched to distance learning after receiving the threats.

Anyone with information on this case should call (801) 799-3000 and reference case number 21-231186.



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