A 10-year-old Florida elementary school student was arrested on Saturday after he allegedly texted a threat to conduct a mass shooting at a school.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said the boy, a 5th grader at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral, was arrested after he was interviewed by detectives, according to WTVT.
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno had harsh words for the suspect, or anyone else considering such action, especially in the wake of the massacre in Uvalde, Texas, earlier this week, saying the student’s behavior was “sickening.”
“Right now is not the time to act like a little delinquent,” Marceno said. “It’s not funny. This child made a fake threat, and now he’s experiencing real consequences.”
Lee County engaged its School Threat Investigation Team and then its Youth Services Criminal Investigation Division on the matter.
“Making sure our children are safe is paramount,” Marceno said. “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 charged with a making a written threat to conduct a mass shooting. Investigators did not mention the boy’s parents.
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[Featured image: Lee County Sheriff’s Office]