LEE COUNTY, Fla.- At approximately 8:39 a.m. on March 22, the Lee County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from someone stating a bomb was planted in a classroom at Cypress Lake High School, located at 6750 Panther Lane, Fort Myers. The caller then disconnected. Law enforcement personnel immediately responded to the school as nearly two-thousand students and faculty members were evacuated from the building. After four hours, a search of the school revealed nothing harmful.
Detectives assigned to the case were able to trace the suspect's phone call to a disconnected cell phone. Through the course of the investigation, they were able to determine the call had been made by someone within one mile of Cypress Lake High School.
Around the same time, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers received several tips identifying a 16-year-old as the person responsible for the threat. Following these leads, detectives returned to the school on March 23 and located multiple witnesses who actually heard and saw the 16-year-old make the phone call from inside the school.
Based on information obtained from the witnesses and through the course of the investigation, deputies arrested and charged the young man with one felony count of Making a False Bomb Threat. The young man was arrested and transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center.