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Bomb threat at Eagle Valley Elementary results in lockdown Monday

Students and faculty at Eagle Valley Elementary had an eventful day on Monday as Christopher Craig, 35, of Eagle Mountain was arrested after entering the school and making a bomb threat.

“At 2:13 pm, dispatchers with Utah Valley Dispatch received a call from a man who said he was at the school,” FOX 13 News reports.

Craig walked into the school wearing a mask and told employees to “Evacuate the kids and no one will get hurt.”

The man is said to be mentally ill, though it is unknown whether or not he is currently receiving treatment.

According to FOX 13 News, “After the threat was made, the release states, school staff locked the doors and activated school lockdown and evacuation procedures.”

Craig told officers and employees that the trunk of his car had explosives in it and that he was going to open it and set them off.


Images via FOX 13 News

“He told dispatchers officers should keep their distance from the school,” stated the school’s press release. “He later told negotiators that he had a message he wanted to give them.”

“Craig agreed that, if he could share his message with negotiators, he would walk away from the car and let officers arrest him,”  FOX 13 News reports. “Craig was peacefully arrested and taken into custody, where he was booked on charges of threat of terrorism, a second-degree felony; interference with arresting officer, a class B misdemeanor; failure to disclose identity, a class B misdemeanor; disrupting operation of school, a class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor.”

Students were reunited with family members around 5:30 pm Monday night.

School resumed as usual for Eagle Valley Elementary students today, but the school is excusing absences of those students whose parents don’t feel comfortable sending their kids to school today. The school will be guarded by officers, counselors and security personnel to ensure student and teacher safety and comfort following such a traumatic experience.

Back to school: 4 tips for a successful year

by Clair Oswald, Lifestyle Writer

Starting a new school year is nerve-wracking, whether it’s your sixth year or your first. The transition from summer to school can be brutal, and most seem to struggle with it. The trick is to plan ahead and get into a regular schedule.

Tip #1: Get organized. Get the supplies you know you need and keep yourself as organized as possible. Getting supplies you like to use, like a ninja-turtles notebook or 3-colored pen, can give you a better chance of using and keeping track of it.

Tip #2: Sleep. Get enough rest before school, there is an overwhelming number of high school students not getting enough sleep, causing a drop in grades and attendance. Most kids require 9 hours of sleep to function and perform the tasks expected in classes, so make sure your schedule involves a semi-early bedtime. Try packing your bag the night before and laying out your clothes, which is less to deal with so early.

Tip #3: Be healthy. Staying hydrated and eating enough healthy meals to fuel you and your busy brain throughout the day is very important, try packing granola bars or another snack to take with you in school. Getting involved in after school programs helps you stay active and healthy.

Tip #4: Do homework. Most students complain about having too much homework, so it might be a good idea to set aside time each night for homework. Many students have smartphones, and there are apps like iHomework and MyHomework to help with your homework load organized. 

IMG_20160829_094112Having your friends with you 5 days a week can be great, but it can also be stressful.

“Most kids are nervous about being accepted or fitting rather than dealing with the frustration of school, but the frustration is worth it,” said Mr. Beck.

Instead of stressing about who you are going to eat lunch with or whose party you get to go to this weekend, work on expanding yourself and doing what makes you happy. “Being friends with everyone isn’t important,” said Jeremy Snow, a senior at Rockwell. School is meant to be enjoyed.



BREAKFAST: friend or foe?

by Melanie Mortensen, Editor & Lifestyle Writer

School is now in session and waking up early to get ready before school is already hard enough. Are Rockwell students making sure to eat breakfast before school? Breakfast plays an important role in how students and athletes perform every day.

Mrs. Peterson, Rockwell’s health teacher, says, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” She says that since overnight is the longest you go without food, breakfast is needed to refuel your body. Athletes need breakfast for the protein, and students need breakfast for the energy and academic purposes.

Maddie Beck, Rockwell’s drill team coach, says breakfast will help students and athletes academically and physically. Breakfast can give off good energy, help with better health, and improve concentration which could lead to better grades.

Coach Stuart, Rockwell’s PE teacher and boys basketball coach, said that breakfast is important because athletes can work better not on an  when they don’t have an empty stomach.

Research shows breakfast is very beneficial for teenagers for academic performance, physical performance and nutritional needs.
breakfast-ideas_903_61fc48cb01b00563f514a323368e0a55f45aa396With Shakespeare coming soon, all
working to memorize lines and parts should not forget to eat breakfast – it just might help improve a student’s performance. 

Megan Neilson, a junior at Rockwell, says, “I eat a bagel every morning because I don’t have BAE GOALS with anyone else.”

Sometimes it is difficult to make time in the morning before school for breakfast, but eating breakfast just might make a big difference.



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