Florida: 10-year-old boy arrested for alleged text threatening mass shooting: ‘sickening’

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A 10-year-old Florida boy in fifth grade was arrested on Saturday and charged with making a written threat to carry out a mass shooting, police say.

When the juvenile suspect, a student at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral, Fla., allegedly sent the threatening text, the school’s Threat Response Team was immediately notified and began analytical research, it said. the police.

The Youth Services Criminal Investigation Division took over the case due to the child’s age. Police arrested the boy after detectives interviewed him and determined probable cause for his arrest.

“This student’s behavior is sickening, especially after the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas,” Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said. “Making sure our children are safe is paramount. We will have law and order in our schools! My team didn’t hesitate a second… NOT A SECOND, to investigate this threat.

Police arrest 10-year-old child in Cape Coral, Florida for allegedly threatening in writing to carry out a mass shooting

Police arrest 10-year-old child in Cape Coral, Florida for allegedly threatening in writing to carry out a mass shooting
(Courtesy of Lee County Sheriff’s Department)

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“Right now is not the time to act like a petty criminal,” Marceno also said. “It’s not funny. This kid made a fake threat, and now he’s facing real consequences.”

Marceno spoke out forcefully on social media against would-be killers following the deadly mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in which 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos killed 19 children and two teachers .

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“You can’t shoot our children,” Marceno said at a news conference after the shooting. “You bring lethal force to this county, we will kill you.”

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Law enforcement officials in Uvalde are under scrutiny over their response to a shooting that killed 19 children and two faculty members, as questions continue to arise over the the speed with which the police reacted to the crime and neutralized the suspect. The Justice Department announced an investigation into the case on Sunday.

Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.

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