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Karen Scullin ReportingMurray Police say they are playing it safe when it comes to a possible threat at Murray High School today.
Officers spent most of the day at the school concerned that a plan of revenge might be carried out.
A nearby store was the target for a burglar sometime overnight. Among the items stolen were two assault rifles. Police are concerned the suspect in this case might use the guns to carry out a plan of revenge at Murray High School.
Cheryll Saunders, Student: “It was pretty much normal except seeing cops everywhere in the halls."
Officers were stationed inside and outside, covering all the exits and entrances. Police say they were trying to prevent a possible plan of revenge by the older brother of a Murray student who was beat up in a fight Friday night. The concern grew after that older brother became a burglary suspect this morning. He allegedly took two guns, an A.R. 15 and an A.K. 47 from a South Salt Lake business.
Rob Hall, Murray Police Dept.: “The world we live in today leads us to believe that if this older brother was involved where the weapons were taken, we're a little uneasy about that and until we can locate him and the weapons, we've increased our police presence."
Investigators make it clear there were no direct threats. They say adding officers was only a precautionary move, a proactive approach.
Martha Kupferschmidt, Murray School District: “In light of today's world, its absolutely a concern. We don’t want to take any chances with our students, or the personnel inside the school."
But while the cops may have been there to protect some kids say the police presence was actually a little unsettling, especially because the kids apparently weren't told by administrators what was happening.
Chris Vanbibber, Student: “I just didn't really know why they were there so it didn't really help anything."
Again though, police say it was a ‘better safe than sorry’ approach. There were no problems at the school, but police say they are still looking for the suspect.