10-year-old boy arrested for threatening shooting in Florida

10-year-old 5th grader was arrested in Florida after threatening a mass shooting


R, Gelfenstein, officers arrested a fifth-grader, and 10-year-old boy who attends Cape Coral's Patriot Elementary School, was handcuffed and taken to a police car Saturday night for sending a text message threatening a mass shooting, the New York Post report says.

Sheriff Carmine Marceno said deputies took immediate action to investigate the threat of a mass shooting, but did not provide further details about the incident. "We will have law and order in our schools!" My team didn't hesitate for a second... in investigating this threat," he said.

"This student's behavior is disgusting, especially after the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas," Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said in a statement quoted by the Post. "Making sure our children are safe is critical."

Investigators interviewed the Florida boy, whose name was withheld from the New York Post because he was a minor, and developed probable cause for his arrest, police said. "Now is not the time to act like a petty criminal. This is not funny. This guy made a false threat and now faces real consequences," the sheriff said.

According to the Post's report, officers who responded to the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting that killed 19 fourth-graders and two teachers, are facing a backlash over their delayed response. It took police nearly an hour to enter the scene of the shooting to shoot down gunman Salvador Ramos.

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