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Backpack was meant to disrupt West Jordan High, police say

By | Posted - Apr. 18, 2011 at 1:13 p.m.

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WEST JORDAN — West Jordan High School was placed on lockdown for several hours Monday after a student found a suspicious backpack.

Police destroyed the backpack and believe that whoever placed it was determined to disrupt school.

The backpack was found on the south end of the school, 8136 S. 2700 West,around 7:30 a.m. "There was a note attached (to the backpack) that indicated there was a bomb inside," said West Jordan Police Sgt. Drew Sanders.

Students were taken to the school's gymnasium while a bomb squad investigated the incident.

Student Collin Cummings said, "Everyone was kind of confused as to what was going on. I heard a couple of different things, from there was a shooting to somebody brought a gun, to a bomb threat."

About 11 a.m., students were allowed to return to class after the backpack was destroyed by the bomb squad, which determined the backpack contained no explosives or even explosive components, according to Sanders.

"It was meant to disrupt the school proceedings today," he said. "It seems very clear that was the purpose."

"Not only are you tying up a whole bunch of resources, you're causing a lot of people concern," he continued. "Also, this is an important time of year. We're getting ready for graduation. There is test preparation, getting ready for people's futures. That has been disrupted. That is not acceptable."

Investigators say they have leads in the case and are conducting interviews.

Written with contributions from Andrew Adams and Emiley Morgan .



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