Student arrested after making violent threat at Immokalee Middle School


IMMOKALEE, Fla. — An Immokalee Middle School (IMS) student was arrested after Collier County investigators discovered he made a threat of violence over social media.

On Thursday, August 25, an anonymous reporter reported a Twitter post to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. The reporter stated a person under the account @GoopsterMann (Display name: King Kunta) tweeted, “Grahhhh I’m gonna shoot up m7Y school ahhhhahahahahahaghgahgahg.”

The student has been identified as Vontaeise Arthur Burgess, 12.

The reporter also included many screenshots uploaded by Burgess, who attends “CCPS” due to wearing a CCPS covid facial mask.

Burgess also took full body pictures of himself inside what appears to be a public school bathroom with red/ white tile, according to the arrest report. Deputies said the red/ white tile combination was similar to the bathrooms at IMS.

The Youth Relations Deputy positively identified the student as Burgess.

Burgess said during fifth/sixth period, he was sitting in class explaining to his friends how he managed to “delete” Learn Safe off of his school-issued computer. He was also questioned regarding a post of his which included a Glock pistol. Burgess said he found the picture on Twitter and then searched it on Google in an attempt to save it.


Burgess was placed under arrest for authoring and posting an electronic threat that he was going to shoot up his school, which is a violation of Florida Statue 836.10.

He was then brought to the Immokalee Jail Center.

Burgess is facing a charge of written or electronic threats to kill, do bodily injury, or conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism for the statements.

CCSO said there will also be an enhanced law enforcement presence at Immokalee Middle School on Friday as a precaution.

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