October 25, 2018

Tips sought in non-credible school threat

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for assistance from young adults to help identify the student or students responsible for a non-credible threat at a Bonita Springs school earlier this week.

On Tuesday, October 23rd, a student at Bonita Springs Middle School, located at 10141 W. Terry Street, reported observing writing on the inside of a bathroom stall stating “date of shooting” and “December 13.”  Detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s Youth Services Division launched an immediate investigation and subsequently deemed the threat as non-credible to either Bonita Middle, or other schools.  They additionally determined that there was no correlation to any incidents for the December 13th date.

Although the writings have not been determined to be a credible threat, the fact that they implied a threat is a crime in and of itself.  Crime Stoppers is hoping to hear anonymously from students at Bonita Middle who may have information on the person or persons who wrote those words on the stall wall.

“Law enforcement takes every single implication of a threat as an extremely serious matter,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “Students need to realize that this is no joking matter, and that in this day and age, they absolutely cannot joke about these sensitive topics.  We encourage any student or parent who has information on who wrote those words to come forward and help ensure that these types of threats do not happen again.”

Anyone with information on the identities of the person or persons responsible for the threat 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.  Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or on the P3Tips mobile app.