November 20, 2018

 **UPDATE #1**

 

In a continuing effort to determine who was responsible for the written threat made at Cypress Lake Middle School last week, detectives returned to the school today to speak with more students.  Late this afternoon, they obtained a confession from student Isabella De La Rosa (DOB 3/2/06).  De La Rosa was charged with one felony count of a written threat to do bodily harm or mass shooting, as defined by Florida State Statute.  She is currently being booked at the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC).  Her mugshot should be available later this evening on the Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s website.

“The act of making a threat of something as serious as a school shooting is no joking matter, and as this young lady is finding out today, it is, in fact, a serious crime,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “We hope that parents will seize this opportunity to have a discussion with their children about the repercussions of these bad choices and the impacts that will have long lasting effects on their lives.”

 

November 16, 2018

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help generating information on a threat posted in a bathroom at Cypress Lake Middle School earlier this week.

According to detectives, a written threat of violence was found at the school on Wednesday afternoon, November 14th. An unknown person wrote “shooting Nov 14” inside one of the handicap stalls in the girls bathroom. After interviewing several students, and ensuring that there were no altercations or disturbances on campus, the threat was deemed non-credible. Detectives and school administrators are now shifting their focus to find out who was responsible for writing the threat.

“Any time someone makes a threat towards a school or its students, law enforcement launches a full investigation to ensure student and staff safety,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “Every threat is taken seriously and is thoroughly checked out. False threats tie up resources which could otherwise be deployed to authentic emergencies. There are repercussions to these irresponsible actions and students needs to be aware that consequences will accompany any false threats made to a school.”

Anyone with information on the person or persons responsible for Wednesday’s threat at Cypress Lake Middle School is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000. Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.