Exactly seven days after the tragic Parkland shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, two high schools in Naples received a shooting scare.
A snapchat message spread like wildfire across the web. It told kids at Palmetto Ridge and Gulf Coast High School that there could be another school shooting .
Both Collier County Sheriff’s Office and Collier County Public Schools released a statement saying they were aware of the message.
A vast amount of misinformation was spread between students and social media.
We headed down to Gulf Coast High School and spoke to two FSW students. One of them, Serena Dorrily, was picking up her younger sister from Gulf Coast High School in light of the threat.
“I thought the school was going on lockdown. Someone said they were bringing a pistol to the school,” she said. However, when she spoke to the school’s front desk, faculty said that was all misinformation.
Collier County Public Schools released a tweet at 10:41am saying: “There are no lockdowns or evacuations in place at Palmetto Ridge High or Gulf Coast High.”
Collier County Sheriff’s Office also released a tweet saying they were on top of the situation. They were actively trying to determine the source.
At 2:05 pm school was dismissed at Gulf Coast High School, and law enforcement was on the scene. Students left the campus as usual, until the bus loop cleared out at around 2:40pm.
At 3:01pm, Collier County Public Schools released another tweet. The Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton talked on misinformation floating around.
She encouraged individuals with tips to take part in Collier County Public School’s ‘Keep Collier Safe’ initiative. Tips could be reported at www.collierschools.com/keepcolliersafe .
She stressed suspicious activity should not be posted on social media.
In light of the Parkland shooting last week, the state is on edge. However, the best thing to do is allow law enforcement to handle any threats by reporting it to them.