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Student in custody after school threat in Punta Gorda

Posted: 11:09 AM, Jan 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-23 11:09:24-05
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PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- Police say a student at Punta Gorda Middle School is in custody after reportedly making a threat.

According to Punta Gorda Police, reports came in from the school that a student was making threatening statements to other students.

When officers discovered that the student was not in their scheduled class, the school was placed on a Code Red lock down as a precaution.

The student was found skipping class in a restroom and taken into custody. Further investigation determined that there is no evidence the student had the ability to carry out the threat or harm anybody.

The Code Red status has been lifted and the school is operating normally.