Wasatch High School was placed in lockdown Thursday morning due to “a threat being investigated by local law enforcement.” Officials responding to an injured deer prompted the lockdown.
According to a joint statement from Heber City Police, Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office and Wasatch County School District:, the “threat” was later identified as a civilian technician with the Division of Wildlife Resources, responding to and dispatching an injured deer.
Wasatch County Sheriff Jared Rigby told the Wave, “A student told a vice principal he saw a man in his 20s with a rifle near the high school. The student alerted authorities and the school was immediately locked down.”
According to the Sheriff, the wildlife technician informed Dispatch that he was at that address to resolve a wildlife problem, however, didn't specifically let dispatch know that he would have a rifle out and would be discharging it in view of the public.
The school statement said students remained securely in their classrooms while all classwork and activity continued as scheduled. The statement also said, “We are confident that any future incidents will be handled in a similarly efficient and effective manner. Thank you for your patience and avoidance of the area to help all involved maintain the safety of our students! Shout out to the student that reported the incident. #SeeSomethingSaySomething.”
Sheriff Rigby concluded, “We just wanted to thank the students, officers, and school officials for their awesome teamwork today!”