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Sarasota Co. deputies in contact with student in question following social media threat

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UPDATE #2: Riverview High School's acting principal Kathy Wilks told parents in an email on Monday that school will continue as planned Tuesday.

In the email, she stated the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has been in contact with the student in question, along with school administrators. Wilks explained detectives will continue to review the information provided. The student in question will not be in school at Riverview during the investigation. School will continue as planned on Tuesday.

Wilks' email credits an anonymous tip sent to the Sheriff's Office for helping identify the student. That tip will help the investigation move forward.


UPDATE: The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says "there is no specific threat" regarding Riverview High School.

In a statement on social media, SCSO writes:

"On Saturday evening, the sheriff's office public safety communications center received an anonymous report concerning an unnamed student who reportedly attends Riverview High School."

"There is no specific threat that has been articulated, only a concern incolcing the unnamed student's past behavior and inappropriate comments."


SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Four days after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, Suncoast schools are on high alert as copycat threats have been aimed at Manatee High school in Bradenton and now Riverview High School in Sarasota.

Read about the threat to Manatee High School Here.

This weekend the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous tip about a possible shooting threat to students at Riverview High School. This according to an email sent to parents from Kathy Wilks, the acting principal.

In the email, Principal Wilks says that the threat did not contain many details.

"The tip was vague and did not include specifics such as a date and time, but, the caller said the student who made the threat could possibly be a male student with tattoos on his arm," says Wilks.

According to Wilks, the school is working with law enforcement to take necessary precautions at the school to ensure the safety of the students and the staff.

This is an ongoing investigation, anyone with information about the student or the threat is asked to contact the Sarasota County Schools Office of Safety and Security anonymous tip hotline at 941-927-4057 or the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office’s anonymous BE BRAVE hotline at 877-723-2728.

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