2 Students In Protective Custody After Alarming Comments
Two Collier County Public Schools students were taken into protective custody in separate incidents this week after they made comments that caused others to be concerned for their wellbeing.
A Palmetto Ridge High School student was taken into protective custody on Tuesday morning after making disturbing statements on the school bus.
When deputies responded to the student’s residence they found nothing dangerous. The incident is still an active investigation at this time.
On Monday, a Collier County Sheriff’s Office Youth Relations Bureau deputy was following up on an anonymous tip about a North Naples Middle School student who made alarming statements in school.
Deputies and school officials interviewed the student at school and he denied making any threatening comments.
Deputies searched the student’s lockers at school and his room at home and did not find anything they considered to be dangerous. The incident is still an active investigation at this time.
Both students were detained and taken into custody under the provisions of Florida’s Baker Act, based on behavioral criteria that indicate that the person could pose a danger to themselves. Florida law prohibits the release of the names and other identifying information of persons detained under the Baker Act. The students will receive mental health treatment and have been removed from school pending the outcome of the separate investigations.