Mother Prevents High School Shooting

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A Utah mom may have stopped her son’s shooting through Facebook. Officers arrested the two boy’s involved outside of West High, but reported that they were not West High Students. Photo courtesy of west.slcschools.org

A Utah mom may have stopped her son’s shooting through Facebook. Officers arrested the two boy’s involved outside of West High, but reported that they were not West High Students. Photo courtesy of west.slcschools.org

By keeping an eye on her son’s Facebook activity, a mother prevented a school shooting at West High, . according to police.  Comments about shooting the mother’s son were allegedly written by two male teenagers and reported to Salt Lake police officer Greg Wilking, who works as a resource officer at West High.

“She had actually read the threats and seen the threat on his Facebook page,” commented Wilking, according to KSL.com.  “There were very specific threats that they were going to go to the high school and shoot her son,” continued Wilking.

Pictures of the gun that was seized by the police officer had been seen earlier in a picture on Instagram.  Also pictured was a hand which had letters written on it.  The letters are gang affiliated.

Just after 2 p.m. that day, officer Wilking found the teens in a vehicle parked near the school.  Along with finding a gun and a loaded magazine, officers also reported finding cash, marijuana, and a large bong.

Police suspected that the teens might have been waiting for their victim to walk by after school.  It was not reported on whether the teens were students at West High School.  The two boys, ages 16 and 17, were booked into juvenile detention for investigation of various charges.  The incident was believed to be gang related.

Officer Wilking praised the mother for monitoring her son’s Facebook page frequently, and contacting police at the sight of a potential threat.

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