Island Coast High School student arrested for texting threats to teacher

Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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Joshua Zelaya-Sandoval. Credit: Cape Coral Police Department

An Island Coast High School student was arrested after texting threats to a teacher, the second student of that school to be arrested in as many weeks.

Joshua Zelaya-Sandoval, 18, sent a text message in which he threatened to cause a teacher bodily harm. The high school administration was informed about the text and notified the school resource officer.

After an investigation, Zelaya-Sandoval was arrested and is now charged with sending written threats to cause bodily harm.

This is the second student to be arrested this school year who has threatened violence towards teachers, school administrators, or their school.

A 14-year-old virtual student of Island Coast High School was arrested Sept. 10 after he sent threatening messages to three teachers on two separate occasions via their Zoom classrooms, Cape Coral police said.

Zelaya-Sandoval was released from jail after posting bail bond of $10,000.

Below is the message sent from the school to parents:

Good afternoon Island Coast families, this is Principal Michelle Cort-Mora.

In our commitment to student safety and security, I wanted to let you know one of our students was arrested today for allegedly making a threat against a teacher.

The message was sent after school hours, but we immediately notified law enforcement. We will discipline to the fullest extent per the Student Code of Conduct.

Please know that the safety of our students and staff is always our highest priority. We are thankful for the staff who reported this incident.

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