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Naples High School threat has many students stay home, leave class early

Posted at 6:58 PM, Oct 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-25 19:20:17-04

Some concerning statements aimed at Naples High School had many students out of class Thursday.

A Facebook post from the Collier County Sheriff's Office addressed the statements Wednesday evening:

"The Collier County Sheriff's Office is aware of statements that reference Naples High School that are causing concern. We are actively investigating these statements and working to determine the source."

The post also says that investigators don't believe the statements represent a credible threat. But some parents of Naples High School students commented on the post, saying that they would be keeping their students home from school Thursday.

Naples High junior Tim Huntoon wasn't aware of the concerning messages when he came to school Thursday morning.

"I found out there was a threat for a school shooting, and I just didn't feel safe being at school," Huntoon said.

He said the school's principal announced that a pep rally scheduled for later in the day would be canceled, and heard from friends that it was because of the threat of a school shooting. He called his parents, who urged him to leave school early.

"They gave me a hard time at the office when I wanted to leave," Huntoon said. "They said about half the school had gotten signed out. So classes were empty. We weren't learning anything any ways."

Senior Tucker Davis said that a boys' restroom at the school was closed, and that a faculty member told him that the concerning message was found on the wall inside. 

He was disappointed that the pep rally was canceled - and that anyone would make a threat to his school, whether it they meant it or not.

"I think kids are just always going to make jokes about that kind of stuff," Davis said. "It's never going to go away, but at the same time you can't be doing that, because it's just going to cause mass hysteria."

The Sheriff's Office told Fox 4 that they are still interviewing people about the incident, and can't release any more details due to the active investigation.