LCSO says national ‘swatting’ event leads to call about gun at South Fort Myers High School

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A call about a gun on the campus of South Fort Myers High School drew crowds on Friday afternoon. The call was a false alarm and authorities believe it was part of a national “swatting” event. (CREDIT: WINK News)

Parents are breathing a sigh of relief on Friday after a school threat ended up being a hoax at South Fort Myers High School.

But for an hour-and-a-half, parents were unsure what was happening and children hiding in classrooms were uninformed.

The hoax, called into the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at around 1 p.m, led to authorities rushing to the Plantation Road school.

The relief and happiness were present on the face Yahaira Matias when she got to hug her child.

“I have to hug him,” Matias said before jumping into her son’s arms.

“I’m alive, and that’s all that matters. Apparently, it was fake,” her son Jayden Lopez said. “But this ain’t nothing to play with … Whoever you are, what you did, look what you caused. There was helicopters. People were scared. You got my momma crying and I don’t like that. I don’t like to see my momma cry.”

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