CREATED May. 24, 2013 - UPDATED: May. 25, 2013
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A Collier County middle school student is facing felony charges after a prank. Police said the 12-year-old girl made a bomb threat that led to the evacuation of a Naples library on Central Avenue earlier this week. The library is directly next to Gulfview Middle School.
Parent Phil Limbacher said he was shocked when school officials sent him an alert saying the library directly next to his son's middle school was evacuated because of a bomb threat.
"Absolute concern. But, the email stated that everything was under control, everything was ok. But my immediate reaction was concern." Limbacher said.
He said he was stunned to find out one of his son's classmates is accused of making the threat. He has mixed feelings about the criminal charges she's now facing.
"Somewhat confusing. On one hand it is a very serious threat. But on the other hand to charge her as an adult seems somewhat extreme." Limbacher said.
The girl is charged with threat to place or discharge a destructive device for reportedly leaving a note in the book drop off that said "I will bomb the library". That led to a frantic scramble to evacuate the library and lock down the school. Several different law enforcement agencies including a bomb sniffing dog were brought in.
"With all the situations that go on with all the activities,Boston bombings, Connecticut shootings it is not something that needs to be taken lightly." Limbacher said.
The girl reportedly said she meant it as a joke and apologized. Some parents said she should have known better.
" 12 years old or not it doesn't matter it is a very serious thing. Anybody that makes a bomb threat should have serious charges definitely. It doesn't matter if they're joking around or not." Parent Stacy Jankowski said.
Others said the girl may deserve some compassion.
"I have to give her the benefit of the doubt that she did not understand even in light of all the other things that are out there today, that the girl did not understand and the severity's. I have to believe in the goodness of people that she wouldn't have done something if she knew the repercussions that would happen." Parent Phil Limbacher said.