BY MELINDA WILLIAMS
Clipper Staff Writer
CLEARFIELD — A 13-year-old boy is in custody at the Farmington Bay Youth Center, facing possible charges of third-degree felony terroristic threat.
It’s all for what police are describing as a prank, but one that scared hundreds and shut down a school.
At 2:24 p.m. on Tuesday, police dispatchers received a call from a young voice saying there was a 14-year-old at North Davis Junior High School with a gun, according to Clearfield Police spokesman Kyle Jeffries. The boy then hung up saying he couldn’t talk anymore.
“It looks like he was trying to make it a prank, Jeffries said. “But in today’s world, anytime you say there is a shooter in a school, it turns into a full-scale investigation.”
About 80 law enforcers from nearly every agency in Davis County responded to the threat at the school, Jeffries said.
“I believe we had nearly every agency in Davis County, if not every agency, respond,” Jeffries said. “I heard there may have even been some agencies from Weber County respond.”
He praised the cooperation he finds among police agencies within the county and beyond.
“I was amazed at the number of agencies that responded within minutes,” he said.
The school was evacuated with police escort to a nearby church as officers searched the building. Clearfield High and South Clearfield Elementary schools were placed on lockdown for about 45 minutes, before being released for the day.
The 13-year-old student was the only one involved, but there were witnesses, Jeffries said.