LABELLE — On Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer, Evan Vasquez, was made aware of an incident where several of the school administrators were threatened by three students through violent threats in the form of a song.
Deputy Vasquez learned through his investigation that Matthew K. Dickey and Colton Luther Bex, both 15-years-old and from LaBelle, along with another 15-year-old juvenile, (charges pending), created a rap song where several of the school administrators were threatened with physical harm as well as damage to their personal property. The boys were heard mentioning each administrator by name and the threat lodged against them. While speaking with each of the suspects, they each said it was a joke and they meant no harm to anyone; however, the threats were no laughing matter.
Both Colton Bex and Matthew Dickey were arrested on charges of aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony and intimidation by sending electronic threat. During their first appearance hearing on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023, both subjects were taken into custody and ordered to be transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice for 21 days. Charges are pending against the third student.