Principal confiscates gun from Altamont High School student on Valentine’s Day

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DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah, Feb. 17, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The principal of Altamont High School in Duchesne County confiscated a gun from a student on Valentine’s Day, officials said.

“Our office is aware that there may be incorrect information circulating in the community and on social media about a call we responded to at Altamont High School on Thursday morning,” said a news release on Facebook from Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office said the correct information is that Duchesne County sheriff’s deputies were called to the school at 200 W. Main St., in Altamont Thursday after the principal confiscated a handgun from a student in a school parking lot before classes started for the day.

“Deputies learned that the principal spotted two students ‘spinning doughnuts’ in their vehicles in the school’s back parking lot before classes began,” the news release said. “When he went to talk to them, the principal saw one of the students inside a vehicle holding a pistol.”

The principal quickly approached the student and confiscated the handgun without incident.

The students were brought to the office, where deputies and their parents were called. The sheriff’s office is continuing its investigation into the incident, the news release said.

“Due to the speed with which the incident was resolved and the fact that it happened before school started for the day, the campus and neighboring Altamont Elementary School were never placed on lockdown,” the news release said. “There was no threat to teachers, students or staff at either school.”


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