Utah Mom's Facebook Check May Have Saved Son From Shooting Plot

04/08/2014 05:26 am ET | Updated Apr 08, 2014

A Utah woman may have saved her son's life by doing the one thing many kids hate the most: Checking him out on Facebook.

When the mother discovered threats to shoot the teen, she contacted police, according to local media reports.

"She had actually read threats and seen the threat on his Facebook page," Salt Lake police detective Greg Wilking told the Deseret News. "There were very specific threats that they were going to go the high school and shoot her son."

The two teens accused of making the threats were found on Friday in a car near the boy's high school in Salt Lake City. Police say they had a gun, a loaded magazine, marijuana and a bong.

Neither the mother, her son nor the suspects have been identified.

"Anything you do online these days can be traced to you, and you might want to think about that before you put something out on the Web," Wilking told KUTV.

The two suspects do not attend the high school. Police believe the threats to be gang-related.

"Our message is, this is a parent paying attention to their child's social media and paying attention to what they're seeing on their social media sites," Wilking told NBC News. "If this parent hadn't been paying attention, we could have had a shooting."

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