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Payson High School was put on lockdown Thursday afternoon after a student allegedly made violent threats.

A male student reportedly told other students that he was going to shoot up the front office and start speaking Russian over the intercom, said Superintendent Stan Rentz.

The Payson Police Department was contacted and responded “very quickly,” Rentz said.

The student was located in class and police took him into custody without incident.

The PPD is investigating if the student made the threats and if he brought any weapons to school.

Pending the investigation, he could face criminal charges. Per the district’s policy, the student could also be suspended for a year for making threats, Rentz said.

“In the climate we live in today we have to take that very seriously,” he said.

In a letter to parents, Rentz praised how administrators, teachers and students responded.

“There is nothing more important than the safety of our students,” he said.

Contact the editor at abechman@payson.com

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