Anonymous tips needed in response to North High School threat

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for anonymous tips from students at North Fort Myers High School after written threats of violence were made Friday morning.

Approximately two hours after school started, School Resource Officers at North High were notified about several threats written in the girl’s bathroom in multi-color dry erase markers.  Among the phrases written were “Shooting this school up Monday Feb 4,” “Ima kill them all,” and “Ya’ll don’t need to live,” as well as several other threats. 

Detectives immediately launched an investigation and have subsequently deemed the threats to be non-credible. 

However, investigators are trying to determine which student or students may be responsible for writing the threats.

“We encourage parents to talk with their students this weekend about the serious nature and consequences of making these kinds of threats, and the importance of reporting these types of illegal actions,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “Implying violent acts on campus will not be tolerated and students should neither condone those actions nor protect so called friends who are writing the threats.”

Sheriff Carmine Marceno remains steadfastly committed to the safety and security of Lee County schoolchildren and in an abundance of caution, will temporarily add extra school resource officers to the campus.

In addition to detectives investigating exactly whom may be responsible for writing these threats, Sheriff Marceno restates his message to students, “Fake Threats Have Real Consequences.”

Anyone with information on the person or persons responsible for this morning’s threats of violence at North Fort Myers High School is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will always remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000. 

Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.