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Park City schools increasing police presence following Instagram threat

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A suspect has been apprehended following a threat on Instagram that included a reference to Park City schools and what the police department has determined to be a BB gun.

The suspect is an Argentinian living in Park City on a J-1 visa. He was booked into the Summit County Jail Wednesday. Park City Police Department spokesman Jay Randall said they believe the 25-year-old is a recently fired ski school employee at Park City Mountain.

The post included a general reference to Park City schools, and included what appeared to be an AR-15 (later confirmed to be a BB gun).

Randall said the suspect saw the post as a joke.

The Park City School District said the police and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) identified the man and quickly located him. Randall DHS was needed because the suspect is a foreigner.

“As additional precaution, the Park City Police Department and the Park City School District will have increased police presence at local schools tomorrow [Thursday],” a school district press release says.

“These additional officers, school resource officers, and patrol officers are on alert and ready to provide the highest level of service to our schools and our community.

“We appreciate students, staff, and parents reporting unusual or potentially unsafe situations or suspicious activity to the school directly, the SafeUT App, or 24/7 hotline at 833-372-3388. Student safety is always our top priority.”

Thursday is also the first day of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City.

Hoy, la administración del Distrito Escolar de Park City recibió información sobre una posible amenaza a la seguridad en las redes sociales. El sospechoso ha sido localizado y detenido. La publicación de Instagram incluía una referencia a las escuelas de y una imagen de lo que el Departamento de Policía de Park City ha determinado que es un arma de aire comprimido. La Policía de Park City y el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional identificaron la fuente de la amenaza y localizaron rápidamente al sospechoso. El sospechoso no es ni un empleado ni un estudiante del PCSD. Como precaución adicional, el Departamento de Policía de Park City y el Distrito Escolar de Park City aumentarán la presencia policial en las escuelas locales mañana. Estos oficiales adicionales, oficiales de recursos escolares y oficiales de patrulla están en alerta y listos para brindar el más alto nivel de servicio a nuestras escuelas y nuestra comunidad. Agradecemos a los estudiantes, el personal y los padres que informen situaciones inusuales o potencialmente inseguras o actividades sospechosas directamente a la escuela, la aplicación SafeUT o la línea directa las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana al 833-372-3388. La seguridad de los estudiantes es siempre nuestra principal prioridad. Gracias por su apoyo y asistencia para mantener nuestras escuelas seguras.

Parker Malatesta covers Park City for KPCW. Before coming to NPR, he spent one year as a general assignment reporter for TownLift in Park City. He previously was the news editor at The News Record, the student paper at the University of Cincinnati. He loves running, reading, and urban planning.