In a sickening new development over the weekend, a 10-year-old boy from Florida was arrested by the police for sending text messages that threatened a mass shooting.
Just as the country is reeling from the Uvalde massacre, another despicable instance has come to the forefront with the arrest of a fifth-grade student in Florida on Saturday for threatening to pull off a mass shooting via text messages.
A student at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral, the 10-year-old boy was handcuffed and walked into a police cruiser Saturday evening for making a written threat to conduct a mass shooting. The sheriff’s office’s School Threat Enforcement Team was tipped off to the alarming messages and the Youth Services Criminal Investigations Division soon took on the case, due to the child’s young age.
Soon after the arrest, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said in a statement, “This student’s behavior is sickening, especially after the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. Making sure our children are safe is paramount.”
Marceno also noted that officers were quick to investigate the mass shooting threats. “We will have law and order in our schools! My team didn’t hesitate one second…NOT ONE SECOND, to investigate this threat,” he said.
As it stands, detectives interviewed the Florida boy and developed probable cause for his arrest, police said. “Right now is not the time to act like a little delinquent. It’s not funny,” Marceno said. “This child made a fake threat, and now he’s experiencing real consequences.”