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A student is in custody after threatening their school on social media

Three school lockers.
Laura Rivera

Police took a student into custody Thursday after a threat was made against a junior high in Magna. The threat was posted on social media and included names of faculty members and other students.

Lately, there has been a string of vague threats that appear to be a social media challenge that originated on Tik Tok. Threats have also been reported against schools in West Jordan and West Valley City.

Granite School District spokesperson Ben Horsely says it does not appear the threat against the junior high in Magna was credible, but it still had a “large negative impact on our school and community.” Horsley also says parents should be checking their student’s social media accounts and if that can’t happen, their internet access “should be restricted.”

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!