13-year-old Collier County student arrested for threatening school was posted on social media


The Collier County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that it has arrested a 13-year-old boy following an investigation into a social media threat.

The 13-year-old is an alumnus of East Naples Middle School and is currently a student at the New Beginnings Naples Alternative Education Center. They found that students were held accountable for threats of violence against their alma mater through social media.

However, Collier County Public Schools is very tight-lipped about the arrest and the student being arrested.

The school’s threat was made on social media. Collier County deputies say the teen later confessed to writing the threat and sending it off. That student is currently facing a written charge of threatening to kill or inflict bodily injury or conducting a mass shooting or an act of terrorism. It’s a second degree felony in Florida.

That student was initially sent to the Collier County Jail and is currently employed by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

But East Naples Middle School is just the latest in a string of schools mentioned in the social media threats. Lizette Froloff says she is considering keeping her children at home. “They had one right before the holiday and I almost kept them at home, because I was scared, I didn’t want anything to happen,” Froloff said.

So, on Monday afternoon, parents received an email from the school principal, Mary Ann Gallegos with the subject line – school safety. “It doesn’t give a lot of detail that someone has been arrested for making nasty comments,” Froloff said.

“Relevant Statement” is the term used by Principal Gallegos. Regardless of the exact claim, they added a felony for this young man.

Even Froloff admits she didn’t know it was this bad. “Oh, no, I didn’t know it was that bad,” she said.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office recommends that you report any situation that threatens school safety. “There are people every day who have things going on at home that we don’t know about and need to be kind to people and if you see something going on you need to report it as serious,” Froloff said.

In the same email sent by the principal, she said that this ended in an arrest because she saw something and said something.

Call 911 or contact the non-emergency number of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239-252-9300. To remain anonymous and qualify for a reward, contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477. 13-year-old Collier County student arrested for threatening school was posted on social media


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