Utah police are looking for vandals who ripped down and shredded a U.S. flag before replacing it with a sickening display. However, the worst would come as parents learned about the 3 massive words scrawled on the wall behind it — and they were left downright shocked.
Members of a Utah community are reeling today after quite the disturbing series of events played out at a local school. According to KUTV, the incident took place at Hurricane High School in the Washington County School District and has left most people very concerned.
As it turns out, someone had come by when no one was at the school and ripped down the flag. Sadly, that wasn’t all, as they then shredded it, according to The Washington Times, and left it on the ground for people to find — but the worst was still yet to come.
One can only imagine what school officials thought when they came to the school and saw an ISIS flag hanging above their facility. Adding to the frightening nature of the vandalism, the person responsible also spray painted 3 massive words on the wall behind the flag. “ISIS IS COMI,” it read, which is believed to mean that “ISIS IS COMING.”
As soon as news of the sickening find was released, teachers, students, and parents were immediately left shocked, not knowing what to think. As one would imagine, a call went out to the Hurricane Police Department with officers quickly responding and beginning an investigation into the matter as well.
Although they have yet to find the person responsible, police say that they don’t believe this was done by anyone actually working with the Islamic State. Assuring parents, students, and staff that everyone was safe, they relayed this information to the public in a statement:
“[B]ased on information we received from the FBI, we do not believe this act was perpetrated by someone linked to the Islamic State. This investigation is ongoing and investigators will continue to follow-up on leads,” the statement said, according to KUTV.
Of course, the school got to work on getting rid of the graffiti and made sure that the flag was gone before students arrived for the day. Later reports indicate that school was carried out as normal, and students successfully completed the day without any incidents to speak of.
For now, police are still working to find out who was responsible for the disturbing act of vandalism. They have also sent a picture of the flag to the FBI for further analysis. In the meantime, they are following leads but have asked the public for help in tracking down whoever did this.
[Officer Ken] Thompson [with the Hurricane Police Department] told KUTV that police don’t know if a student or others passing through town were behind the act. No arrests have been made, the station added.
The FBI analyzed an image of the flag that Hurricane Police sent them, but the agency told police it doesn’t believe the incident was carried out by anyone “linked to the Islamic State,” KUTV reported, citing a Hurricane Police Facebook post.
“Most likely somebody else knows…other than just the person who did it,” Thompson told KUTV. “Officers have received tips this morning, and they’re following those leads, and so far they haven’t generated a credible lead, but tips can help us out a lot.” [Source: The Blaze]
Those with any information are being asked to call the Hurricane Police Department at (435) 627-4999. Anyone who could do something so despicable really needs to have a long talking to — and that would be after an investigation into whether or not they were sympathizers of ISIS.
Personally, I wouldn’t blame any parent who would keep their kid out of school after an incident like this. However, they have to come back sometime, and it’s up to police to track down whoever was responsible for this to ensure there really is no threat to the school. This should be concerning to every American, local to Utah or not.