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Gulf Coast H.S. Student Taken Into Protective Custody After Alarming Comments

Post Date:02/22/2018 11:35 AM

A Gulf Coast High School student was taken into protective custody Wednesday after making disturbing statements that caused others to be concerned for his wellbeing.

When deputies responded to the student’s residence they found nothing dangerous.

The student was 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 student will receive mental health treatment and has been removed from school pending the outcome of the investigation.

This is not related to the investigation involving a social media post that referenced the potential for violence at Gulf Coast High School or Palmetto Ridge High School on Wednesday. That investigation is ongoing.

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