Mistakenly believing that a middle school classmate had caused the arrest of a friend, a quartet of Florida teenagers exchanged Facebook messages discussing the killing of the suspected “snitch,” according to police.
The students–three 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old–were arrested yesterday at school and charged with aggravated stalking, a felony.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office investigators allege that the death threats were spurred by the arrest of Nicholas Gonzalez, 13, who was nabbed for possession of a firearm on the campus of the North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts. According to a sheriff’s report, immediately after Gonzalez’s January 27 collar, the four students arrested yesterday began exchanging Facebook messages about the bust.
In communications posted to 13-year-old Nichole Cruz’s Facebook page, the students threatened the life of a boy who was suspected of notifying police about Gonzalez carrying a weapon. The boy, whose name police redacted from the probable cause statement, had “no involvement” in Gonzalez’s bust and “in no way participated with law enforcement regarding that incident,” according to investigators.
In light of the Facebook threats (which were discovered by the boy’s mother), the “emotionally distraught” victim told deputies that he was “very afraid to return to school for fear someone would kill him…He stated if one student had already brought a gun to school, what would keep another from bringing a gun to school to kill him.”
As detailed in the sheriff’s report, Cruz–who described Gonzalez as the “love of her life”–first reported to have “Found out who Nick’s snitch is,” and named the boy in a Facebook post. She later wrote, “He ruined my bestfriend’s life! And ima end his!!”
Amber Fredrick, 14, responded, “Oh that little bitch is dead. Just u have to show me who he is first then he is dead.”
Hope Williams, 14, noted, “IMA HELP KILL HIM!! THAT PUNK RUINED OUR LIVES!! HES SOO DEAD!!
And Camren Monroe, 14, chimed in, “Ima kill his ass.”
Cruz, Williams, Monroe, and Fredrick are pictured above, clockwise from upper left, in mug shots taken yesterday.