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Threat At Naples High School Prompts Some Students To Leave Early

Wednesday began with heightened tension for parents and students with social media threats throughout the state in the wake of the mass shooting exactly one week after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting- which left seventeen people dead. A threat caused a flurry of panic at two Collier county schools, caused another school to go on lockdown in Manatee County, and caused parents to leave work, yanking their kids out of class.

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Two schools in Collier County were on alert Wednesday, after a social media post indicated there could be a shooting at Palmetto Ridge and Gulf Coast High Schools. On Thursday, Collier County Public Schools’ Superintendent Kamela Patton held a press conference to address what happened. W

Patton’s opened her press conference by assuring that safety is the Collier County Public Schools’ number one priority.  

A measure in the House tackles Florida’s opioid crisis by rethinking how to regulate prescription medication. If successful, lawmakers hope the new set of rules can curb opioid abuse.

A group of law enforcement officials from across the state is looking into putting prevention methods in place to avoid another mass school shooting.

The U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall Collection is on the cusp of receiving its first statue of an African-American woman.

Florida has received another reprieve in submitting its education plan to the federal government.

While lawmakers and activists in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., furiously debate gun control, deputies in Broward County will be adding firepower to deal with the threat of school shooters, effective immediatelty.

Broward’s top cop on Wednesday said that deputies assigned to school campuses will now be allowed to carry rifles on school grounds.

“Rifles from this point forward,” Broward Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, adding: “We need to be able to defeat any threat on campus.”

Students around South Florida participated in classroom walkouts one week after the mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fl.

The walkouts were to begin at noon and last 17 minutes, one minute for each life lost in last week's shooting. Organizers called them an act of compassion for the lives lost and to make a statement about the need for gun law reform. 

Quincy J Walters / WGCU News

Wednesday began with heightened tension for parents and students with social media threats throughout the state in the wake of the mass shooting exactly one week after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting- which left seventeen people dead. A threat caused a flurry of panic at two Collier county schools, caused another school to go on lockdown in Manatee County, and caused parents to leave work, yanking their kids out of class. 

Quincy J Walters / WGCU News

Florida Gulf Coast University held a vigil Tuesday night for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that happened last week. Seventeen students and adults were killed. This vigil was planned days earlier - yet happened hours after the Florida legislature voted down a motion to consider a ban on certain assault weapons. 

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Threats of violence against schools have been reported all across Southwest Florida recently. Below is what we know so far. All the stories are developing, so the information will be updated as we learn more. 

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