Pleasant Grove student who allegedly triggered lockdown charged with making a false report

PLEASANT GROVE — A Pleasant Grove High School student has been charged with initiating a massive police response at the school after falsely reporting a gunman in the school.

The boy, who was 15 at the time of the incident and has since turned 16, was charged Wednesday in 4th District Juvenile Court with making a false report, a class B misdemeanor, according to the Utah County Attorney’s Office.

Because the juvenile was not charged with a felony, his charging documents are not public.

On Dec. 3, an estimated 200 officers from 19 local, state and federal agencies — many wearing tactical gear and carrying assault rifles — cleared the high school, room by room, as they looked for a man carrying a gun. It wasn’t until the school was almost completely cleared that the teenager told police he had lied about seeing a man with a gun, allegedly to get out of a class assignment.

Alpine School District officials said last week that the boy’s status with the school would be reviewed pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings.