During the investigation, officers found that the rumor originated from a message created on Snapchat telling students to “sluff” school on Monday. After it had been shared and commented on multiple times, students questioned why they should skip school and eventually the message changed from students should skip school into there will be an active shooter at the school on Monday.
This rumor is completely unfounded. We highly encourage parents to speak to their students about how they use social media. This continues to be an issue within our county where students post fake threats or questionable comments that leads to community panic. Each threat must be investigated which takes resources from multiple agencies and an extended amount of time. This is a good reminder, what you post on social media can be impactful, but it also has flaws. What you say and post can be easily misinterpreted and intentional fake threats can have legal consequences.
As a precautionary measure, (and as part of our normal protocol for these types of incidents), on Monday additional law enforcement will be at Tooele High School and neighboring Blue Peak High School. We are so grateful for the relationship we have with the Tooele City Police Department and appreciate their continued efforts in keeping our students and families safe.