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Alta High School evacuated after suspicous package found, determined non-explosive

Jan 4, 2023, 2:42 PM | Updated: Mar 28, 2023, 5:45 pm

Sandy Police Department determined a suspicious bag left at Alta High School non-explosive after it...

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SANDY, Utah — An evacuation of students and faculty took place at Alta High School Wednesday afternoon after a package containing suspicious contents was found. 

Jeff Haney, an official with the Canyons School District, told KSL NewsRadio a former student of the school brought the package. 

“We have these emergency protocols in place for a reason. So when there is a suspicious package on one of our campuses we’ll immediately evacuate to ensure the safety of our students and teachers. And we’ll immediately work with police to make sure our campus remains as safe as possible.” Haney said. 

Also, Haney said that students partake in evacuation drills regularly throughout the school district.

The Sandy Police Department investigated the contents of the bag and determined it did not contain an explosive device. 

“They were safely able to take it [the package] out of the building, and then followed all the procedures they needed to follow,” Haney said.

Parents picked up their children at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located near campus. 

Haney said some students were able to drive themselves home from the high school as well.

School and all activities were canceled for the day. 

Furthermore, why the former student was on campus is still unknown. 

This story will be updated. 

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Alta High School evacuated after suspicous package found, determined non-explosive