Threat to Marco Island Charter Middle School is 'non-credible,' police says

A potential threat of violence against Marco Island Charter Middle School is non-credible, according to a Marco Island Police Department news release sent Friday.

"The Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) investigated the complaint thoroughly over the last 19 hours working with school personnel and parents, and found the complaint to be more than one week old and non-credible," the news release reads.

School personnel notified MIPD of a potential threat of violence against their school on Oct. 3, according to the release.

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The threat was shared through the social media platform Snapchat, according to a school email message sent to parents. The email communication was provided to the Eagle by George Abounader, school principal.

"Marco Island Charter Middle School personnel notified the Marco Island Police Department of a potential threat of violence against their school," the email reads. "Please know that the school would never knowingly be opened if it was determined that a threat was genuine." 

In case of a credible threat, the gates surrounding the school would be locked and nobody would be allowed on campus except authorized personnel, according to the email.

"The school would send a message through its communication system directly to parents and staff, and not via other social media platforms," the email reads.

"Our students are instructed with: 'DON’T SPREAD IT.  REPORT IT,'" the school email reads.

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How to report suspicious activity or threats to Marco Island schools

  • Collier County Sheriff’s Office - 239-252-9300
  • Crime Stoppers - 1-800-780-8477
  • Marco Island Police Department - 239-389-5050, 239-389-3937 (for tips)
  • Submit a tip via FortifyFL App 

In case of emergency, please dial 911.