Detectives at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a threat that was written on a wall at Palmetto Ridge High School on Monday. In response to this, an extra police presence will be added on Tuesday.
They haven’t released what exactly the threat said since it is an ongoing investigation.
Principal Jim Ragusa released this message to parents on Monday Afternoon:
Good afternoon Bears family. This is Mr. Ragusa, the principal at Palmetto Ridge. Student and staff safety remain a top priority which is why we are making you aware the Collier County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a concerning statement. Out of an abundance of caution, the Sheriff’s Office plans to have an enhanced law enforcement presence when students return to class tomorrow.
During an active investigation, we must be careful not to say anything that could impede the investigation.
I ask that you trust in our school and the professionals who work with our students each day.
Please talk to your child about the serious consequences that may result from making a threat —whether it’s verbal, written, or an image — against another student or the school. Remember: see something, say something. And please report concerns immediately to an adult, and don’t spread it.
When we all work together, we can keep Collier safe. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me or contact me directly tomorrow.
Thank you very much, and have a great evening.