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Officers look to identify shooting threat suspects in Lee County Schools

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Posted at 10:43 PM, Sep 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-22 22:43:04-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — More shooting threats at schools here in Southwest Florida and now law enforcement is asking for your kids’ help to find the people who made the threats in Lee County Schools this month.

Hermione Portillo’s a student at Cypress Lake Middle school. She remembers school resource officers investigating near the boy's bathroom Tuesday after someone carved “I will shoot up this school” on a stall door.

Portillos says fake or not the thought of a shooting had her on edge.

You don’t know if he was talking about the whole school or if he was talking about one person and it can be scary if he actually did it.
Hermione Portillo, student.

And her friend who goes to a school nearby says she was worried when she heard about the threat.

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers says they’re offering a cash reward for anonymous tips that could lead to the arrest of the person responsible.

Robert Harmon lives across the street from Cypress Middle and says kids don’t get the gravity of the situation.

Authorities also investigated a threat at Varsity Lakes Middle School in Lehigh Acres earlier this month.

Detectives didn’t find either threat credible but are still looking to make an arrest.

Crime Stoppers is reminding students that these threats credible or not can lead to felony charges even if you’re a minor.

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice also launched the “it’s no joke” campaign this week and in a statement, they said, “we want young people to think twice before casually threatening violence in their schools.”