(September 9, 2019) - A Cape Coral middle school student is facing charges after publishing photos to his Instagram account displaying a school threat.
On September 9th, 2019 at approximately 2:00am, CCPD dispatch received a call from a Lee County Sheriff’s Office detective who had been made aware of a concerning Instagram post made by Hunter Rivera (DOB: 4-19-07), a 7th grader at Caloosa Middle School. The image post showed a black pistol, boots, and a referral from the school Rivera had received. In the comments section of the post Rivera had stated he had a “starter kit”; when asked by one of his Instagram followers if it was a “school shooter starter kit” Rivera had replied, “your [sic] not wrong.”
A CCPD Patrol officer was immediately dispatched to Rivera’s residence, where contact was made with Rivera and his mother. Through the investigation it was confirmed that the pistol (which turned out to be a BB gun), boots and referral were indeed Rivera’s. The BB gun and boots were taken as evidence, and probable cause was established for Rivera’s arrest for sending a written threat to conduct a mass shooting, Florida State Statute 836.10(1), a felony. Rivera was transported to the Lee County Juvenile Assessment Center.
ARRESTED: Hunter Rivera, W/M, DOB: 4-19-2007, of Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: Sending Written Threat to Conduct Mass Shooting
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