Nearly 900 Oasis students stay home in wake of false shooting threat
A student has been charged in connection with a fake school shooting threat that kept nearly 900 city of Cape Coral Charter School system students out of class Wednesday.
The student, who was charged Wednesday with disrupting a school function, told a parent early Tuesday evening that they heard another student threatening to “shoot up Oasis Middle School.”
Investigators say the student made the story up.
School Resource Officer Colby Palmer was working a basketball detail at Oasis High School at 6 p.m. when he was informed of the incident. He immediately began investigating after notifying the school administration, the Cape Coral Police Department said in release issued Wednesday afternoon.
“The Cape Coral Charter School system subsequently sent out an automated message to the parents of the students that attend Oasis High School, Oasis Middle School and Oasis Elementary school about the threat; nearly 2,500 families,” the release states.
Palmer arrived early Wednesday morning to continue the investigation and subsequently found that “the student had made up the entire incident, there was no actual threat.”
Nearly 400 students from Oasis Middle School did not attend school Wednesday and there were numerous calls received with concerns about the threat, officials said.
“Numerous students and staff were asking the SRO about the threats as they arrived to school,” the release states. “Questions to both the SRO and staff caused a general disruption of the school functioning of its normal activities.”
Oasis High School also received numerous phone calls from families excusing their children from school with approximately 300 students absent.
“This served as a major disruption to their daily educational process,” officials said. ” Administrative staff spent the majority of the morning away from their other duties causing another disruption.”
Oasis Elementary School had 194 students absent from school Wednesday, the release states, adding the school also had a high volume of parent phone calls and emails regarding the incident.
Oasis Elementary school also had to adjust outside activities.
Because the charge is a misdemeanor, the name of the student is not public record and has not been released.
The juvenile was transferred to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
Source: Cape Coral Police Department