Fifth grader from Florida arrested on threats of mass shooting

A fifth-grade student in Florida was arrested Saturday for texting threats of a mass shooting, police said.

The 10-year-old boy, a student at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral, was handcuffed into a police cruiser Saturday night after he had written threatening a mass shooting.

“This student’s behavior is disgusting, especially after the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas,” Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said in a statement. “The safety of our children is of the utmost importance.”

The Sheriff’s Office School Threat Enforcement Team was alerted to the alarming news and the Juvenile Services Criminal Investigations Division soon took over the case due to the child’s young age.

Marceno 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 a second…NOT A SECOND to investigate this threat,” he said.

Officials responding to the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting that killed 19 fourth-graders and two teachers are facing backlash for their delayed response. It took police almost an hour to break through the classrooms where all the shooting took place and kill gunman Salvador Ramos.

Detectives questioned the Florida boy – whose name the Post is withholding because he is a minor – and developed a probable cause for his arrest, police said.

“Right now is not the time to behave like a petty delinquent. It’s not funny,” Marceno said. “This kid made a fake threat and is now facing real consequences.” Fifth grader from Florida arrested on threats of mass shooting


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