Orem High School responds to threat against cheerleaders
OREM, Utah — Officials at an Orem High School say they “responded” to a threat made against the cheerleading team Tuesday night.
Through her phone, a Mountain View High School cheerleader received an altered photo of the squad with a pentagram with the words “13 Sacrifices” and “Cheer is Evil” written across the image, along with the letter “x” marked on some of the girls.
According to a parent who contacted FOX 13, the school did not immediately respond to the cheerleaders’ parents when they asked if their children should stay home. The parent added that after not hearing from the administrators, many parents stopped their frightened students from going to school.
However, in a letter sent to all parents on Wednesday, the school’s principal and vice-principal acknowledged the threat and said action had been taken.
“We know the parties involved in the threat and have taken appropriate steps to ensure your students are safe,” the letter read.
Principal Mike Ericksen and Vice Principal Mickelle Bos said the school worked with cheerleading coach Amy Andrus and school police officer Sgt. David Call to investigate the threat.
“We take the safety of your students seriously. With respect to this issue, we can say with 100% certainty that we have addressed the threat and applied the appropriate disciplinary action,” Ericksen said. “We cannot discuss specifics regarding the matter as we value the privacy of all of our students.”
FOX 13 has contacted the Alpine School District regarding the threat, but has yet to receive a response.
It is not known if the person(s) who sent the photo are students or are connected to the school in any way.