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Police arrests a student who wrote a school shooting threat in a bathroom

A student was arrested by police Monday after a violent threat was found in the boys bathroom of a Cape Coral high school.

The 16-year-old suspect has been arrested for Written Threat to Conduct a Mass Shooting and Criminal Mischief after a threat in the boys bathroom, which was written in black permanent marker, stated: “Shoot Up Feb 14.”

The principal of the high school was notified by a separate student who wished to stay anonymous, according to the Cape Coral Police Department press release. The anonymous student said a photo of the threat was being distributed via the multimedia messaging app, Snapchat.

A detective from CCPD Tuesday found a school surveillance video that showed the suspect enter the bathroom where the threat was written after 11:30 a.m., the press release states.

The 16-year-old suspect has been transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

“February 14th is the shooting anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland Florida which makes this fake threat even more vicious,” CCPD Chief David Newlan said in a statement. “Protection of our kids is our number one priority and this has to stop.”

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