Teen arrested for causing ‘false alarm' with social media post

SANDY, Utah (News4Utah) – A Sandy teenager was arrested on suspicion of making a false alarm after reports of a shooting and bombing were going to occur at a high school in January. 

On January 26, information began swirling around social media about a shooting and bombing to happen at Jordan High School. 

Sandy police and Canyons School District launched an investigation into the incident. Investigators eventually determined the post was “baseless and without merit.”

Police say the post, while a hoax, consumed an excessive amount of resources, caused fear among students and parents and created alarm for school officials.

“Irresponsibly posting false and baseless information on social media which causes alarm to the public and school officials is dangerous and may be in violation of the law,” Sandy police said in statement released Thursday.

Police encourage the public to come forward with information regarding school safety concerns, but they say those concerns should be reported to parents, school administrators or law enforcement.

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