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Lee County Sheriff addresses 15 school threats made in Lee County so far this year

Posted at 6:48 AM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 09:45:07-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, 15 school threats have been made across the county since the beginning of this year, compared to the 15 total threats made in 2018.

Sheriff Carmine Marceno with LCSO said, "I can not be more serious when I say we take every precaution possible to protect our children, and that we take every threat seriously. Let me be clear. Those who make threats, real or fake, will suffer severe consequences."

4 In Your Corner reached out to Lee, Collier and Charlotte County school districts, asking if any schools are taking extra security measures on the anniversary of the Parkland shooting on Thursday. Both Collier and Charlotte Counties said they've increased security since the shooting last year, but didn't mention any additional security for Thursday.

The Lee County School District said Thursday is a day of increased vigilance and awareness, but will not disclose what will or won't be done due to safety. For details on the security measures being taken in these schools, click here.

Reported incidents in 2016 include:

Friday, January 25 – Island Coast High – 15-year old boy arrested
Friday, February 1 – North Fort Myers High – 16-year-old girl arrested
Monday, February 4 – Mariner High School – 16-year-old arrested
Monday, February 4 – Oak Hammock Middle, Fort Myers – 12-year-old boy arrested
Monday, February 4 – Mariner Middle – Arrest made
Monday, February 4 – Bonita Springs High
Wednesday, February 6 – Gateway Charter Elementary, Fort Myers
Wednesday, February 6 – Riverdale High, Fort Myers
Thursday, February 7 – The Alva School
Friday, February 8 – Cape Coral High
Friday, February 8 – Varsity Lakes Middle, Lehigh Acres – Student arrested
Monday, February 11 – Gulf Middle School, Cape Coral – 12-year-old boy arrested
Monday, February 11 – Riverdale High, Fort Myers
Tuesday, February 12 – Oasis Middle, Cape Coral – Student Arrested
Wednesday, February 13 – Fort Myers High – Suspect arrested
Wednesday, February 13 – Lexington Middle, Fort Myers -- Suspect arrested