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Utah School Safety Commission to launch

Utah lawmakers will launch a special task force to study how the state can prevent school shootings.

Alpine Representative Mike Kennedy says the task force consists of diverse community stakeholders, including lawmakers, doctors, professors, parents, teachers and more.

They’ll release more information in a news conference Thursday morning.

The goal is to work on a strategy to enhance the safety of Utah children during their time at school. The plan is for the group to come up with a list of actionable items in time for a special legislative session in June or July.

Meanwhile the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s office is working out the details of a new awareness campaign, to tell teens it is not o-k to joke about school threats on social media, and doing so could mean time in Juvenile Detention. A second student at Wasatch High School was taken into custody this week for what he wrote online.