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BREAKING NEWS - Joint statement from law enforcement
Over the past week, law enforcement has responded to several potential threats of violence in local schools. On Thursday, February 22, a report of a student possibly taking a gun to school in Fredonia was responded to and investigated by Fredonia Marshals Office and Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, with support from Utah agencies. Over the ensuing weekend, two local juveniles were arrested in Mojave County, Ariz. on suspicion of possession of stolen property. The stolen property included four firearms that were taken from a Kanab resident. The juvenile remain in custody.
On Monday, February 26, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office received a tip on their anonymous tip line known as tip411 reporting a potential threat to Kanab High School.
Also on February 26, a tip was sent to Valley High School through the SafeUT tip line stating that a student had been talking about bringing a gun to school. Because the two tips could be construed as threats toward local schools, city, county and state law enforcement agencies were requested to provide added security for all schools in the area. We will continue to maintain an increased security presence in our schools.
Aside from the added security, the Kanab Police Department and the Kane County Sheriff’s Office initiated a joint investigation to determine who may be involved in making the threats or may present a danger to our schools in any way. We would ask residents to use caution in reacting to rumors regarding these matters. Student safety is the number one concern of law enforcement and the school district.
We are taking these matters very seriously. All threats will be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted if appropriate. Local officers conduct regular training at each school and are trained and equipped to respond appropriately to any concerns brought to our attention. We respectfully ask that residents take the time to inventory and secure firearms at all times. If any person has information related to this investigation, please contact your local law enforcement agency. If you see something, say something.
Sheriff Tracy Glover
Chief Tom Cram