More than 1,500 students absent in wake of shooting threat

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Staff reports

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Sgt. Rich Aloy participated in multiple interviews from news outlets at Holley-Navarre Middle School on Friday. 

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint February 1 related to a threatening message shared over social media. The message, from an unknown source, indicated the threat of a school shooting at Holley-Navarre Middle School on Friday when more than 1,500 local students did not show up for school.  

As a result of the threat, Santa Rosa County Schools Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick advised that all student absences at adjacent schools on Friday, February 2 would be excused.

At Holley-Navarre Middle School there were 806 absentees. Holley-Navarre Primary School and Holley-Navarre Intermediate School, which are adjacent to the middle school, had 365 and 387 absences, respectively.

Law enforcement worked throughout the night and during the school day on Friday to assess and investigate the threat. 

“Our investigation confirms the threat has no credibility, and the origin of the message has been identified. At this time, we have no indications of criminal intent,” stated SRSO Spokesman Sgt. Rich Aloy. “I can’t give out details of the investigation, but all of our findings were turned over to the school board and if there’s any discipline it will be handled through them.”

SRSO deployed additional deputies at schools in the south end of the county. 

“We want to thank the Santa Rosa County School District and staff at the Holley Navarre Middle school for their swift and immediate attention to our investigation,” Aloy said.