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Middle school student arrested for writing threat on bathroom wall

Posted at 8:55 AM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 08:55:50-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A middle school student has been arrested after confessing to deputies she made a written threat on a wall in the school bathroom.

According to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, the 12-year-old Cypress Lake Middle student was arrested Tuesday at the school after the confession.

The threat was found on November 14th when the words "shooting Nov 14" were seen inside one of the handicap stalls in a bathroom.  The threat was deemed non-credible, but administrators sought to find out who was responsible.

Detectives spoke with several students Tuesday before getting the student to confess.  She has been charged with one felony county of Written Threat to do Bodily Harm or Mass Shooting.

“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.”

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