Clewiston teen arrested for alleged threats made on social media app

Manuel Castanon

Manuel Castanon

At approximately 9 p.m. on Sept. 22, the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address off Laurel Drive in Clewiston regarding an informational report. Upon arrival, the deputy met with the Clewiston High School (CHS) principal who advised that someone allegedly posted threatening comments to injure students at CHS, the sheriff’s office reported.

Hendry County School Resource Officers (SROs) and detectives were contacted and immediately began attempting to locate and identify the poster(s). While the post was continuing to be monitored by the SROs, investigators began contacting the iPhone Application Corporation, who provided investigators with the gps coordinates of the poster, reported the sheriff’s office.

Investigators reportedly made contact with Manual Castanon, 17, a student at Clewiston High School. Castanon reportedly admitted to investigators that he did make the post.

“I am very proud of the efforts of our deputies and the relationship that has been established between the SROs and school officials. Everyone acted immediately to protect our students and staff at Clewiston High School,” said Sheriff Steve Whidden.

Castanon was reportedly taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies without incident and transported to the jail. Castanon was charged with written threats to kill or do bodily injury and is currently being held in the Juvenile Detention Center, the sheriff’s office reported.

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