ROY -- One year ago, Megan Wehrman faced the biggest moral dilemma of her young life.
Should she protect the confidence of a friend whose texts seemed to threaten their classmates? Or should she report the messages to officials at Roy High School?
"That was the hard part for me," Wehrman recalls. "I didn't want to get him in trouble, but if he was serious, I didn't want my school or my brother or anyone to get hurt. This was some serious stuff."
After getting the texts, Wehrman, then 17, spotted Roy High Principal Gina Butters in the cafeteria.
"I walked over and said, 'Hey, can I talk to you?," Wehrman told the Standard-Examiner. "She said, 'Is here OK?' But I told her I wanted it to be a little more private. I didn't want to be seen."
Butters led Wehrman to the faculty lounge, where the student showed her principal saved texts from fellow senior Joshua Hoggan, then 16.
"He started talking about just feeling like he should blow everybody up, or whatever," said Wehrman, now 18 and a graduate.
"I thought he was just venting, but he started saying he and Dallin (Morgan) had a plan to get away with it. He texted, 'Explosives, airport, airplane.' And he asked if he told me to stay home one day and keep my brother home, would I do it?'
"She (Butters) was like, 'Oh, my lord,' " Wehrman recalls. "I wrote a witness report, and I talked to the police the rest of the day."
Hoggan and fellow senior Morgan, then 18, did have a plan, and had mapped out the school and its security system.
No explosives were found, though the plan was to plant explosives just before a school assembly, for maximum effect.
Police did find a flight simulator program on one of the duo's home computers. Roy High is just a few blocks from the Ogden-Hinckley Airport.
Wehrman said the boys had been victims of classmates' bullying.
Reporters raced to cover the story. Wehrman was happy to be anonymous.
Then a strange thing happened:
A younger Roy High student went out to talk to the media, claiming full credit for reporting the text and saving the school.
"I was mad," Wehrman admits. "I didn't particularly want the fame, but I was mad that someone was trying to take it. I don't like it when people lie. It made me crazy."
The younger student's name would appear in news print and television reports around Utah, the nation and even the world. Utah's three largest daily newspapers, including the Standard-Examiner, did articles that included the hoaxer's name. Stories ran on local and network news reports.
"Gina Butters told her to stop doing interviews, but news kept running with it, and I wasn't ready to come out yet," Wehrman said.
By the end of the school year, she said, a fairly large number of people had figured out her secret.
"People saw me going to the office to answer questions every freaking day," she recalls with a laugh. "Some people figured it out pretty quick. I was scared and didn't want people to know it was me. I didn't know if someone would be angry with me, or retaliate."
As her secret increasingly leaked out, students began to stop Wehrman to thank her for her courageous decision. Parents sent thank-you notes. Roy City Police Chief Greg Whinham still sings Wehrman's praises.
"Being a high school student, she was dealing with the special circumstances of, what would her peers think of her for what she did?" he said. "High school students are not adults, and peer pressure is strong. She worked through that to do what was right, and what she did was incredibly important."
Others at the school made the opposite choice.
"We know from the investigation that there were a few other people who had little bits of information that could have been helpful if they had come forward," Whinham said. "Whatever these young men were planning to do could have continued, with the potential that it would actually happen."
Morgan pleaded no contest to an amended count of criminal mischief, a second-degree felony, and was sentenced 105 days in jail and up to 18 months of probation. If he pays a $500 fine and completes probation, the charge will be reduced to a class A misdemeanor.
Hoggan was sentenced to six months in a secure-care juvenile facility and ordered to pay $8,000 to $10,000 in restitution to Roy High to re-key the school.
Butters phoned Wehrman awhile back after producers for an upcoming PBS documentary on school violence requested permission to include Roy High in a program about school security. Crews shot interviews with Butters, Roy city police officials and Wehrman, who finally felt ready to reveal her role.
"They asked me what happened, and if Josh and Dallin had ever been bullied," Wehrman said. "A lot of people were mean to them. They had some friends, but it doesn't matter if there are 15 bullies or one, they affect you."
Wehrman said Roy High became both friendlier and stricter when Butters became principal. Butters and the teachers took a stronger interest in getting to know all the students by name, and tolerance for bullying declined sharply.
Butters remains a fan of her former Royal student.
"Megan Wehrman embodies everything that is good about today's youth and our Royal Nation," Butters said in a statement.
"I consider her to be our Royal hero. She followed her gut and thought first about the safety and well being of her younger brother, friends, peers and staff members at Roy High, and stepped forward to voice her concerns.
"She is courageous, beautiful and strong. She did the right thing instead of the popular thing, and oftentimes, the right thing is hardest to do. I am so grateful to her and proud of her. She will go on to do amazing things in this world."
Now a graduate, Wehrman is moving forward with her life. The former Hooper resident last week rented a Clearfield condominium, which she will share with three adult roommates and the infant son of the couple in residence.
And Wehrman has a job in housekeeping at a local hospital.
"I might go to Ogden-Weber Tech for my CNA (certified nurse assistant certificate)," Wehrman said. "It doesn't take long to get, and it will get me started. I could go a lot of places in health care. It might be a good place to start. I've always been one to take care of people."
Recently, Wehrman even heard from an old friend.
"I actually just started talking with Josh again," she said.
"He's out now, and he messaged me on Facebook. He said he is doing a lot better now. Then he said, 'You know, I want to thank you. It took a lot of guts.'
"We both said we were sorry, and we're trying to move on. He's going through therapy, he graduated, and he's feeling a lot better now. I am proud of him."