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Colleen Wright

Colleen Wright

Colleen Wright covers Pinellas County Schools since joining the Times in 2015. Florida born and bred, she was raised in Miami and graduated from the University of Florida.



More than 800 East Lake High students skipped school today, compared to about 250 last Friday, after a vague message was found on a girls' bathroom wall at dismissal Thursday. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deemed the threat

800-plus students stayed home from East Lake High today after threat found on bathroom wall

A whopping 40 percent of East Lake High's student body didn't show today after a threat was found scrawled in the girls' bathroom on Thursday.The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deemed the threat, which read, "Careful, Don't come to...
Updated: 6 hours ago
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is investigating a threat found written on the wall of the boy's bathroom at Osceola Fundamental High on Friday. Photo from the Osceola Fundamental High website.

Unfounded threat found on bathroom wall at Osceola Fundamental High

A student walked into the boy's bathroom at Osceola Fundamental High on Friday and found a vague message scrawled on the wall."Watch out! Today at fifth period he's coming," it read.The message has prompted an investigation by the...
Updated: 11 hours ago
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has determined a vague threat written on a bathroom wall at East Lake High to be

East Lake High principal: threat found on bathroom wall not credible

Deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and the school staff at East Lake High did not find anything during their sweep after an ominous message was found written in a girls' bathroom around dismissal Thursday."
Published: 02/23/18
Tarpon Springs High is one of three Tarpon Springs schools placed on a lockout after a man was found with a gunshot wound in the area. Police say there is no evidence connecting the man who was shot with school activities. The schools were placed on a lockout as a precaution.

Three Tarpon Springs schools on lockout after man found shot in area

Tarpon Springs High, Tarpon Springs Middle and Sunset Hills Elementary were placed on a lockout Friday morning after police say a man was found shot in the area.Tarpon Springs Police received a call around 8:45 a.m. of shots fired at Sunset...
Published: 02/23/18
At a news conference Thursday at Northeast High, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman asks the public to stop spreading rumored threats against schools online. Earlier in the day, a parent's inaccurate Facebook post sent worried parents swarming to the school's car line, officials said. [COLLEEN WRIGHT   |   Times]

After Parkland, another plea for rumor control: ‘This is not a joke’ (w/video)

ST. PETERSBURG — The mayor and the police chief came to Northeast High on Thursday to warn students about the dangers of circulating rumors of school safety threats on social media.While they were there, one of those unfounded rumors popped up...
Published: 02/22/18
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is investigating a written threat found on a bathroom wall at East Lake High around dismissal time Thursday. Principal Carmela Haley said law enforcement and school staff are conducting a safety sweep and extra police officers will be on campus Friday.

Pinellas Sheriff investigating threat written on bathroom wall at East Lake High

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is investigating a written threat found on a bathroom wall at East Lake High School warning students not to come to school Friday.The threat, which was discovered around dismissal time Thursday, was...
Published: 02/22/18
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Lakewood High student arrested after threatening to attack school

ST. PETERSBURG — A student was arrested Thursday for threatening to attack his school, according to St. Petersburg police, one in a series of incidents officials have had to deal with since the deadly Parkland school...
Published: 02/22/18
St. Petersburg mayor, police chief visit Northeast High to stop spread of rumored threats on social media

St. Petersburg mayor, police chief visit Northeast High to stop spread of rumored threats on social media

A parent's unverified Facebook post about an active shooter threat at Northeast High caused panic Thursday morning just as St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway and Mayor Rick Kriseman visited the school to talk safety and the dangers of...
Published: 02/22/18
Pinellas County school superintendent Mike Grego was one of five superintendents invited to Tallahassee this week by Gov. Rick Scott for a roundtable discussion on solutions to prevent future school shooting massacre.

Make it difficult – or impossible – to get assault weapons, say school superintendents at governor’s roundtable

Pinellas County school superintendent Mike Grego was one of five superintendents invited to Tallahassee this week by Gov. Rick Scott to discuss how to prevent another school shooting like last week's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High...
Published: 02/22/18
Largo Police Officer Joel Quattlebaum opens a presentation Tuesday night on how to be proactive when an active shooter attacks. The event, sponsored by the Largo High Parent Teacher Student Association, attracted about 160 people. [Photo courtesy of Debbie Stotts]

Officers: When an active shooter attacks, survive by taking action

LARGO — An Illinois teacher used confrontation. A campus safety monitor in Seattle attacked with pepper spray and physical force. An assistant football coach in Indiana shouted as he chased him into the woods.All were civilians who took down an...
Published: 02/20/18