Student Arrested After Online Threat to FGCU Community

Hayley Lemery, Assignment & Features Editor

An individual was arrested after the university became aware of social media activity from an off-campus student about inflicting danger to the FGCU community.

Pamela McCabe, the coordinator of university communications and media relations, sent out an email on behalf of James Slapp, the UPD chief of police, about the situation.

“The University Police Department coordinated efforts with sheriff’s offices in Collier, Lee and Hendry counties as well as the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to ensure the safety of campus and our stakeholders,” read the email.

The individual has been suspended, pending student conduct to determine if the student is allowed back to the university.

“​​We encourage you to report anything suspicious that you see or hear to UPD. This partnership is vital to providing a safe and secure environment on campus. In urgent situations, call 911 or dial (239) 590-1900, or you can use the Guardian Eagle App to send tips via text messages and call 911 with the touch of the button,” ended the email.

The email included links to UPD resources in the case of an emergency.