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About half of Jordan High School students absent due to threat

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Jan. 16, 2019 at 9:10 p.m.

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SANDY β€” Following an undisclosed threat found written on a bathroom wall, about half of the students from Jordan High School stayed home Wednesday, according to the Canyons School District.

For the past two days, administrators at Jordan High have been warning students and parents about a threat found written in a school bathroom. Although Principal Wendy Dau has stated in her letters to students that neither the school nor the Sandy Police Department believed the threat was credible, extra officers were at Jordan on Wednesday β€” the day the alleged threat was to happen β€” as a precaution.

"Police will perform a sweep of the building this evening after all activities have concluded, and there will be a significant law enforcement presence at the school tomorrow," according to a letter sent to students Tuesday night.

Families who did not feel comfortable sending their children to school were given the option of keeping them home.

On Wednesday, the Canyons School District reported about half of the 2,021 registered students were marked absent. Some students told KSL that the absentee rate appeared to be greater than 50 percent by the end of the school day.

"It fluctuated at 50 percent throughout the day," said Canyons spokesman Jeff Haney. "We will continue to work with Sandy police on the investigation, which we hope will come to a quick resolution. We trust that law enforcement will hold those responsible to the full extent of the law. These kinds of interruptions are becoming incredibly challenging for our schools."

Sandy Police Sgt. Jason Nielsen said Wednesday that no unusual or criminal activity was spotted at the school during the day and there were no suspects yet as to who wrote the message.

"I know that this is a stressful time for our community, but I want to reassure you that the entire staff here at Jordan High along with the Sandy City Police (Department) are working around the clock to keep the school a safe learning environment for all," Dau's letter stated.

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