School threat from New Mexico rattles nerves in South Florida
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (CBS12) —
A threatening message from the west coast is rattling nerves out east.
The Punta Gorda Police Department said it received reports from people concerned about an image that is making the rounds on social media. The image is of a person carrying an assault rifle with the caption, "F--- CHS I'm going out with a bang" and "dont go to school tmrw."
People in Punta Gorda, according to police, worried the threat referenced Charlotte High School (CHS).
Investigators did some digging and realized a student from Clovis High School (CHS) in New Mexico actually posted the threatening Snapchat message last week.
Police arrested the 17-year-old suspect last week after he admitted to being in the picture and creating a portion of one of the caption, according to investigators in New Mexico. The juvenile is facing a charge of aggravated assault on a school employee.
Clovis Police said an increased law enforcement presence may be visible at local schools.
Punta Gorda Police asked parents to share the department's Facebook message on Facebook to ease worries in South Florida.
The message also touched parents in Hendry County. Clewiston Police reassured parents the threat did not involve Clewiston High School (CHS).