Florida 5th Grader Arrested For Mass Shooting Threat
A ten-year-old boy was arrested Saturday for threatening to carry out a mass shooting at his school.
Authorities say the boy sent the threatening text messages and arrested him after the Lee County Sheriff’s Office School Threat Enforcement team received a tip about the threats.
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said in a statement that his team didn’t hesitate to look into the threat. Investigators added that the boy is a student at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral.
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“Right now is not the time to act like a little delinquent. It’s not funny. This child made a fake threat, and now he’s experiencing real consequences.
This student’s behavior is sickening, especially after the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. Making sure our children are safe is paramount. We will have law and order in our schools! My team didn’t hesitate one second…NOT ONE SECOND, to investigate this threat.”
The boy was interviewed by detectives and said they discovered a probable cause for him the false threat.
People who responded to news of the arrest believe officers were too harsh in their approach. However, others argued that it was important to respond quickly due to the lack of apparent police response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
See some reactions on Twitter below:
I’m all for taking quick action, but the frog-march on camera seems a bit self-aggrandizing. We are after all talking about a 10 or 11 YO kid who in all likelihood doesn’t understand the full measure of what they did. & you made them a public figure
— Der Florida Mensch (@lwmoss1) May 29, 2022
at this age, they do understand what they are doing, and if they have access to a gun they can easily pull the trigger. The child def needs better parenting, but what do you do when they won’t listen to parents and threaten to call social services when they are being yelled at?
— Veritas (@teeetnomad) May 29, 2022
So many people complaining when this was stopped… you’d be complaining had a shooting actually occurred- you simply be complaining about something else. Great intervention before “it could have been worse…”
— Rebecca Steifle (@RebeccaSteifle) May 29, 2022
And that is why? Cuz PARENTS ARE AFRAID TO BE PARENTS!!! We should take our duty as home chief commander of or family, not DCF!!!
— 🌞KaiKashi🌛 (@662455_57) May 29, 2022
This boy is what, 10, 11? And not even 5′ tall? His brain should be baseball, friends, riding his bike, ice cream. What went wrong in his lifetime to make him kill? He’s a child. With a child’s mind. *This in no way detracts from the tragedy of who was brutally murdered.
— LauraSue (@LauraSu33053453) May 30, 2022
I wonder how many other children are out there thinking the same thing. Parents, watch your children, there’s got to be some indication of his or her mental state. Get help immediately.
— Paul (@Paul82011660) May 30, 2022
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