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Fifth grader from Florida arrested and sent to juvenile detention on charges of threatening school shootings

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A 10-year-old fifth-grade student from Florida was arrested after threatening a school, sheriff’s officers said.

Investigators learned of the boy’s threats on Saturday and arrested him, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said in a social media post.

“This student’s behavior is disgusting, especially after the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas,” the sheriff said.

An 18-year-old gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday and opened fire on a fourth-grade classroom, killing 19 students and two teachers.

Marceno said making sure “our children are safe” is of paramount importance.

According to the sheriff, investigators learned about a threatening text message from the boy, who attended Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral near Fort Myers on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

“We will have law and order in our schools! My team didn’t hesitate a second…not a second to investigate this threat,” Marceno said.

He said the school’s threat enforcement team had been notified and had begun analytical investigations into the threat. Detectives then questioned the boy and developed a probable cause for his arrest.

The boy was accused of having written a mass shooting threat.

“Right now is not the time to behave like a petty delinquent. It’s not funny. This kid made a false threat and is now facing real consequences,” the sheriff said.

In a YouTube video, the sheriff’s office showed a deputy taking the boy to a squad car. The Associated Press does not identify the child because of his age.

Sheriff’s officials didn’t say if the boy stayed in a juvenile facility or was released to live with his parents.

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