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Collier County Sheriff investigate the area where a Palmetto Ridge High School student was stabbed after getting off of the school bus Monday on 47th Avenue NE in the Golden Gate Estates. Lexey Swall/Staff

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Collier County Sheriff investigate the area where a Palmetto Ridge High School student was stabbed after getting off of the school bus Monday on 47th Avenue NE in the Golden Gate Estates. Lexey Swall/Staff

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— What may have started as a spitball fight between two teens escalated into a stabbing death at a bus stop on Monday afternoon.

A 14-year-old is accused of stabbing his 16-year-old Palmetto Ridge High School classmate on the corner of 47th Avenue NE and Immokalee Road in Golden Gate Estates moments after stepping off the bus.

Dylan Reid Nuno, a junior, was pronounced dead at NCH North Collier Hospital.

Jorge Saavedra, a freshman, was arrested and charged with manslaughter, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

“The charge may change, but we are comfortable with that charge right now,” said Chief Jim Williams with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

The horrific act shocked classmates who were on the bus with the teens just moments earlier.

Dalton Sousa, 16, a junior at Palmetto Ridge, said Saavedra rides the bus all the time, and Nuno rides infrequently.

He said he never saw Nuno as a violent person.

“I’ve never seen him in a fight,” Sousa said.

Sousa said Saavedra was a class clown.

Dylan Nuno’s cousin, Erik Omar Nuno, 22, of North Naples, said his cousin was a sweet boy with a great personality.

“He was just a down-to-earth boy,” Erik Nuno said of Dylan. “He was like my little brother.”

Erik Nuno called Saavedra “a coward.”

Sousa said Nuno and Saaverda almost came to blows while still on the school bus. The two got off the bus and began fighting, he said. The bus pulled away and drove down the street.

That’s when deputies say the stabbing took place.

Witnesses say Saavedra then ran off into the woods.

“I was surprised” said Sousa. He didn’t see the fight but when the bus doubled back around after dropping students off, he and others on the bus saw the crime scene.

“Everyone on the bus is nervous and upset,” Sousa said.

Nuno and Saavedra had been arguing since the beginning of the school year due to a spitball fight, Sousa said. He wasn’t sure who started it.

The argument escalated Monday.

Six students remained on the bus until Sheriff’s Office investigators interviewed them, Collier County School District spokesman Joe Landon said in an e-mail.

The students were transported by bus back to Palmetto Ridge and the Sheriff’s Office released them, Landon said.

Carlos Sanchez, 16, was a friend and former wrestling teammate of Nuno. He said Nuno transferred to Palmetto Ridge from Lely High School this year.

Sanchez was at wrestling practice when he got the news of the stabbing. Sanchez remembers Nuno as being likeable and outgoing.

“He was a fun dude. He was always fun to be around,” Sanchez said.

Esteban Rua, 17, another teammate of Nuno’s, also remembers his playful side. “He was a funny kid ... I’ll miss seeing him around school.”

Hours after the stabbing, investigators remained on the scene gathering evidence. Blood droplets stained the street and driveways throughout the area and police helicopters hovered above.

The School District’s crisis team counselors will be at Palmetto Ridge before students arrive on Tuesday morning to provide support to students and staff.

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Comments » 4

Stilllaughing writes:

My prayers are with the Nuno family.
The island charter HS is sounding like a better idea all the time. If given a choice, responsible parents would prefer to shelter their kids from murderers, gangs and drug dealers so they have a chance of growing up. I certainly do!
It's a totally different society today than it was when you old farts (and us middle aged farts) grew up in. Kids need every break they can get now days. If that labels me as an "elitist, bigot or not politically correct" you are wrong. It labels me as a parent who loves my kids and wants to see them grow up in a safe environment.

RayPray writes:

Just like the Arizona massacre, I am certain this was caused by the "hate atmosphere" and gun culture promoted by Sarah Palin, the NRA, and the Teaparty.

What we need now is closure, so Jorge Saavedra, really just a victim of the hate on talk radio can quickly do some community service and the resume his academic life and many contributions to society.

KatieAnn (Inactive) writes:

in response to Stilllaughing:

My prayers are with the Nuno family.
The island charter HS is sounding like a better idea all the time. If given a choice, responsible parents would prefer to shelter their kids from murderers, gangs and drug dealers so they have a chance of growing up. I certainly do!
It's a totally different society today than it was when you old farts (and us middle aged farts) grew up in. Kids need every break they can get now days. If that labels me as an "elitist, bigot or not politically correct" you are wrong. It labels me as a parent who loves my kids and wants to see them grow up in a safe environment.

You honestly believe there are no murderers, gangs or drug dealers on Marco Island?

Marconian writes:

my prayers do go out to the Nuno Family but cant help to feel that there is more to this story.
could this have been retaliation of bullying?

by Michele Borba, Ed.D.
michele@parentingbookmark.com
Bullying among our youth is a significant problem--and it is steadily increasing. Many experts fear bullying has become so widespread and common, adults are blinded to its extensive harm. Here are the facts:

It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Source: National Education Association.

A survey conducted by the American Association of University Women reported that 85% of girls and 76% of boys have been sexually harassed in some form and only 18% of those incidents were perpetrated by an adults.
Young bullies carry a one-in-four chance of having a criminal record by age 30. Study by Leonard Eron and Rowell Huesman.

American schools harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims. Dan Olweus, National School Safety Center.

One in seven students is either a bully or victim.

56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.

15% of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school.

71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.

One out of 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school.

Mean behavior among kids is a universal problem. In a poll of 232 kids in kindergarten through 8th grade at a Connecticut elementary school, every child claimed to have been the victim of at least one schoolmate’s or sibling’s meanness in the previous month.

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