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Two Collier County students taken into custody after comments

Posted at 7:22 AM, Feb 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-21 07:22:15-05

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- We have new developments about more Collier County students being taken into custody, including one at Palmetto Ridge High School.

On Monday, a student at Palmetto Ridge, 18-year-old Benjamin Mendoza was arrested and charged with possessing a weapon on school grounds.  Now we’re learning that two other Collier County students were taken into protective custody.

Deputies say the students made comments that caused others to be concerned for their well-being; one of them being a student at Palmetto Ridge High.

Deputies say the student was making disturbing remarks on the bus Tuesday morning.  They went to the student’s residence to find nothing dangerous, but the investigation remains active.

The other student was from North Naples Middle School.  Deputies say an anonymous tip said that student made alarming statements during school.  

Deputies interviewed the student and he denied making threatening comments.  They also searched his locker and found nothing dangerous.

Both students were taken into custody under Florida's Baker Act.  They'll receive mental health treatment and have been removed from school while under investigation.

We're also learning that students at a Collier County high school could be holding a protest Wednesday.

A student at Palmetto Ridge took to social media to express a few of her thoughts about the devastating shooting in Parkland. She says several students plan to hold a protest Wednesday to voice their concerns.

She says they have something big planned.