Fourth Suspect in Custody in School Gun Plot

Fourth Suspect in Custody in School Gun Plot

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Amanda Butterfield ReportingChris Willimans:"I understand there's another student arrested this morning, so we've got four students involved int he situation yesterday."

Layton police have a fourth and hopefully the last suspect in custody this afternoon, who is alleged to be involved in a deadly plot at North Ridge High School. The four students involved are suspected of passing a loaded handgun around school, with the intent to harm another student. But their plan was foiled by the alleged victim.

Though Layton police will not confirm it, the principal and spokesperson for Davis School District say the final student is in custody, and they are now are hoping things will get back to normal at school.

Yesterday police arrested a 15-year old student at North Ridge after he allegedly threatened a girl with a loaded handgun. Students say the boy was upset because he thought she was going to break up with him.

According to the district spokesperson, the student passed the gun around to three other friends at school -- and this afternoon all four are in custody.

It was the girlfriend who told a teacher about the plot. When an officer questioned the boyfriend yesterday, the district spokesperson said he started sweating profusely, and said he was sick. Then the loaded handgun was found and the 15-year old was arrested.

Officials say students at school are a little shaken, but have nothing to worry about, and they are asking parents to be aware.

Chris Williams, Davis School District: “The best thing parents can do is know what's going on in their kids' lives. If there is a situation where a relationship has gone awry, or kids acting strangely, sit down and say, 'What's going on?'”

Meanwhile, at Granger High School students and parents are dealing with a similar situation. This is the first day back to class after students found out one of their classmates, Austin Badgett, has been arrested for selling drugs, and possession of a deadly weapon.

Earlier this week West Valley Police received an anonymous fax that Badgett was selling drugs at school, and had a hit list of students he wanted to kill. Police went to Badgett's home and found drugs, a knife, and a loaded gun. The principal says Badgett does not have a history of violence at school.

Parley Jacobs, Principal, Granger High School: “Pretty reasonable kid, but struggling, but nothing as far as those kinds of situations.”

Security at Granger has been beefed up. Police are still trying to figure out who sent them the fax warning about Badgett. If they do, and can prove Badgett had said he wanted to kill other students, then they can charge him for terrorist threats along with selling drugs and carrying a deadly weapon.

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