LOGAN — Schools throughout the valley were on “heightened alert” Monday after administrators learned about several threats of violence that had been made previously by a Hyrum man. The alert impacted all schools in both Cache County and Logan City school districts, along with schools in Preston.
Logan City Police Chief Gary Jensen said the man, who is not being identified, voluntarily turned himself in for questioning Monday afternoon. The suspect told detectives that he needs mental help.
“This is a little bit different in that this person has been willing to say, ‘look, I’m struggling with these ideologies and you need to be aware,’” explained Jensen. “This is kind of odd. He is reaching out to us, we are not reaching out to him.”
The man has not been arrested or charged. The investigation into the threats was a joint effort between the Logan City Police Department and Cache County Sheriff’s Office.
Tim Smith, Public Information Officer with the Cache County School District, said administrators received information regarding the potential threat Monday afternoon. The threat had been made to mental health professionals, about how the man wanted to harm himself or others.
“We called the Cache County Sheriff’s Office and other contacts,” said Smith. “They indicated that this individual had made these threats several days ago, when he was in a treatment program. So we were investigating, trying to get more information. They did not think it was an imminent threat at that time.”
Parents for both school districts received email alerts about the threat. It explained that local law enforcement had patrolled schools as a precaution and classes Tuesday would be back to normal.
Logan City School Superintendent Frank Schofield said in addition to police officers patrolling the schools, the building’s doors were all locked. Elementary schools also went into a “hall check protocol.”
“Basically, all of the exterior doors to the schools were secured and we don’t send students outside for recess. We keep them in doors just until we know that there is no danger outside of the schools.
“So at all of our schools, staff took immediate precautions to make sure the buildings were secured, and they were able to monitor the comings and goings of any individuals.”
Jensen said he is grateful for the suspect’s cooperation with law enforcement.