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School takes action to stop mass murder plot

HEBER CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A Rocky Mountain Middle School teacher in Heber City foiled a mass murder plot this week.
"I agree with what the School District did. The School District took a very aggressive approach and supported law enforcement 100 percent." -Dave Booth, Heber City Police Chief
HEBER CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A Rocky Mountain Middle School teacher in Heber City foiled a mass murder plot April 24.  A teacher noticed one of his students acting differently and took him aside for a one-on-one conversation.  This is when the student revealed a letter with the names of 6 students he wanted to stab to death.

The 14-year-old student was arrested and booked into the Utah County Juvenile Detention Center.

ABC 4 Utah is taking a closer look at how Wasatch County School District leaders responded to this threat.  Superintendent Terry Shoemaker says he informed all the students on the hit list and their families. 

However, school leaders did not inform other parents.

ABC 4 Utah's Noah Bond asked parent Erin Kemp, "Do you think the District should have informed you as a parent?" She responded, "I would leave that to their judgment.  I think they kind of know what is expected and what is needed and that is important to me."

School leaders say they standby the decision to aggressively and quietly stop the threat.  "We determined at that time there wasn't a significant safety threat to any of the other students and decided to move on with school as normally as possible," said Student Services Director, Jason Watt.

Heber City's Police Chief Dave Booth is praising Wasatch County School District leaders.  "I agree with what the School District did. The School District took a very aggressive approach and supported law enforcement 100 percent." He continued, "There was nothing here we were trying to hide.  There's nothing here I believe the School District was trying to hide."

"I think the police chief said it was handled properly I trust the Police Chief," said Jim Shuler who lives in the Heber City area.




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