Multiple Utah schools received fake reports of school shooting, officials say

Mar 29, 2023, 10:06 AM | Updated: Mar 30, 2023, 11:52 am

SALT LAKE CITY — Several schools were placed on lockdown Wednesday morning after a series of hoax calls reported an active school shooting situation. The calls came just days after the Covenant school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee left seven people dead.

The Utah Department of Public Safety told KSL TV’s Andrew Adams that in total, 13 schools received hoax calls, with the first coming in at 9:30 a.m.. The calls were traced back to one man’s IP address located outside of the country. DPS said it is continuing to investigate.

Ogden High School

The Ogden School District announced that Ogden High School had been the victim of a hoax on Wednesday. A hoax call about shots fired had multiple agencies responding to the school this morning.

In a press conference, the Ogden City Police said the initial call falsely claimed that shots had been fired and that students had been shot.

Officers went through the school looking for what they thought was an active shooter. During the search, police learned the call was a hoax, but continued sweeping the school for any threats.

Police noted that the situation was traumatic for students, parents and officers.

The district said Ogden High students had been sent home for the day.

 “Multiple schools have been the victim of this hoax today,” the district said.

West High School

The Salt Lake City Police Department said that West High School also received a report of an active shooter Wednesday morning. The SLCPD said it investigated and secured the school, but confirmed that it was a false report. Students are currently on spring break.

The SLCPD also said it was working with the FBI to find the caller

Provo High School

Caleb Price with Provo School District told KSL newsRadio that Provo High was in lockdown Wednesday morning because of a hoax threat. The school will be back to normal operation soon.

Spanish Fork High School

KSL NewsRadio also confirmed that a hoax call targeted Spanish Fork High. Police responded but found nothing.

Box Elder High School

Brigham City Police Department said it responded to a call about violence at Box Elder High. Police cleared the school and found that there wasn’t actually a threat.

Moab schools

The Moab City Police Department said the city had gotten hoax calls to its local schools, leading to them being locked down. Law enforcement responded and found no threat.

Hoax school shooting reports outside of Utah

News outlets in Pennslyvania and Massachusetts also reported a series of hoax calls being made to local schools.

Related: Listen more, talk less, when addressing school shootings with your kids

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Crime, Police + Courts

SALT LAKE CITY — An attorney representing a group of former employees and contractors of Operatio...

Lindsay Aerts, Larry D. Curtis

‘These allegations are true,’ say former OUR employees about Tim Ballard

An attorney representing a group wanting to make a public statement about Operation Underground Railroad read a statement Thursday morning.

15 hours ago

A Salt Lake City Police patrol car blocks the entrance to a credit union located at 769 East South ...

Mark Jones

Suspect in alleged credit union robbery arrested by SLCPD

Salt Lake City police announced Wednesday the arrest of a 41-year-old man in connection to a robbery of a credit union on Monday.

1 day ago

West Valley City police say a suspect in connection to a fatal shooting on Sept. 15 is in custody. ...

Mark Jones

Suspect in West Valley City fatal shooting in custody

A suspect wanted in connection to a Sept. 15 fatal shooting in West Valley City has been arrested, according to West Valley City police.

1 day ago

The Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) requested help identifying a suspect who appears to ha...

Derrick Jones

SLCPD seeks help identifying person who left suspicious package downtown

Police said the package was left near 20 West 200 South on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023.

1 day ago

Image of a box trailer, the site of a fire in Millcreek that killed a man on Tuesday night....

Mark Jones

Man dies in Millcreek fire, box trailer used as housing destroyed

A man in his 60s died in a fire in Millcreek Tuesday night. Unified fire said the structure that burned was being used as temporary housing.

1 day ago

A solar panel at the entrance to the Shepherd Union Building at Weber State University is pictured....

Simone Seikaly

Swastika scratched into table at Weber State, found on Yom Kippur

A student reported seeing the swastika at the Shepherd Union on the Weber State campus.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Human hand holding a protest banner stop vaping message over a crowded street background....

Prosperous Utah Communities

Utah’s Battle to Protect Youth from Vaping Epidemic Faces New Threat as Proposed Rule Threatens Progress

Utah's strict standards of nicotine levels in vaping products are at risk, increasing health hazards associated with use. Read more about how you can advocate for a better future for Utah's youth.

Aerial photo of Bear Lake shoreline with canopies and people camped out on the beach...

Visit Bear Lake

Last-Minute Summer Vacation Planning? Check Out Bear Lake!

Bear Lake is the perfect getaway if you are last-minute summer vacation planning. Enjoy activities with your whole family at this iconic lake.

close up of rose marvel saliva blooms in purple...

Shannon Cavalero

Drought Tolerant Perennials for Utah

The best drought tolerant plants for Utah can handle high elevations, alkaline soils, excessive exposure to wind, and use of secondary water.

Multiple Utah schools received fake reports of school shooting, officials say