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Schools put under lockdown and evacuated over possible threat

Schools put under lockdown and evacuated over possible threat


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Sandra Yi reporting A middle school was evacuated and an elementary school put on lockdown after an anonymous caller overheard a couple of students saying they had weapons and planned to use them at a school.

West Jordan Middle School, located near 7500 South and Redwood Road, was evacuated this afternoon because of the perceived threat. Majestic Elementary School, which is next door to the middle school, was put under lockdown.

Officers have since searched the schools and found nothing suspicious.

During the evacuation, students from the middle school were sent to a local church where they were picked up by busses. Officers say the students under lockdown at the elementary school were able to be picked up by parents after school.

Police say just before 2:00 this afternoon, a woman anonymously called the Jordan School District offices. She said she overheard two boys at a convenience store saying they were going to do something at a school with some kind of weapon.

The woman told district officials that she believed the boys were talking about West Jordan Middle School. The district then took action and, with the help of police, evacuated the school.

"No one was laughing or anything. They were more, like, scared and sad, and some of them were trying to be calm," said middle school student Bryonna Emmerson.

Middle school student Tia Chavez said, "I didn't know what was going on, and then ... a lot of people were running around and everything. Some people were crying and stuff, and it was, wow, it was scary."

Police say all students were safe and accounted for.

Police don't know if the woman who called was a prank caller, and they're wondering why she did not call the police department.

"If [she] really, in fact, heard those comments, absolutely we're grateful [she] called it in. We'd also like [her] to come and speak to us because we don't know who it is," said Sgt. Greg Butler, with the West Jordan Police Department. "If it's a prank, hopefully we'll find out who you are and we'll charge you. This is something you don't kid about and something we'll always take serious."

Yesterday, several schools in the Wasatch County School District were evacuated after a bomb threat. Police aren't sure if this is a copycat situation or if the two incidents are related.

Police are now reviewing surveillance tape from the convenience store where the alleged threat was overheard.

E-mail: syi@ksl.com

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