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GROWING TREND: Cape Coral threat part of violent school threat increase

New research finds a double digit increase in the number of violent threats made toward schools in the U.S.
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Posted at 6:16 PM, Apr 11, 2024
and last updated 2024-04-11 18:17:06-04

SOUTHWEST, Fla. — The threats made against Cape Coral and Mariner High Schools this week are part of a growing and violent trend, according to new research.

The Educator’s School Safety Network, a non-profit that tracks school threats, found the number of violent threats at U.S. schools in the first half of the 2023/24 school year has increased by 13% compared to the same time frame the previous school year.

The same research shows the presence of weapons on campus increased dramatically by 228% in the last year.

Nearly 1/5th of all incidents in schools, according to the research, involves a weapon.

Here in Southwest Florida, last month two 10-year-old boys in LaBelle were arrested for allegedly buying and selling a firearm.

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“We very well stopped a school shooting from happening at that elementary school,” said Hendry County Schools Superintendent Michael Swindle.

Swindle credits a new statewide threat assessment program with stopping a potential tragedy.