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Ogden High student had gun at school; police investigating

By Mark Shenefelt - | Sep 16, 2021

Anna Burleson, Standard-Examiner file photo

Ogden High School is pictured on Aug. 17, 2017.

OGDEN — An Ogden High School student was found in possession of a firearm Wednesday morning and police are investigating.

An employee became concerned about the male student, which resulted in a search, Ogden School District spokesperson Jer Bates said Thursday. The firearm was on school premises but the student was not in direct possession of it when the search was conducted, Bates said.

It was not known whether the gun was loaded.

“We are very much looking at this as an isolated incident,” Bates said. There was no evidence of any threats or other indicators of trouble from the student, he said.

“The student will not be attending in person” pending results of the investigation, Bates said.

Bates declined to provide further details, referring inquiries to Ogden police.

“We have had at least a handful of parents reach out expressing concern,” Bates said.

The district issued a statement to parents, which said, in part, “Today a school employee had concerns with a student’s behavior. School administrators were immediately alerted and intervened to provide support. This intervention process led to the discovery that the student was in possession of a weapon. There is no indication that this individual had any intent to cause harm at our school.”

Bates declined to describe the concern that led to the student being searched.

He said officials also were dealing with inaccurate reports on social media.

“We’re looking at a situation where you hear weapon and school, and immediately alarm bells go off,” he said.

Efforts to obtain more information from the Ogden Police Department were not immediately successful.


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