Florida: 10-year-old arrested for threatening school shooting

Florida police arrested a fifth-grade student on Saturday after he allegedly threatened a mass shooting.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said they were tipped off May 28 about a threatening text message from a 10-year-old Patriot Elementary School student in Cape Coral.

“The School Threat Enforcement Team was notified immediately and began analytical investigations. Due to the nature of the incident, the Juvenile Criminal Investigation Department took over the case,” the statement said.

The police questioned the child and then arrested him. He was charged with “making a written threat to carry out a mass shooting”.

“Now is not the time to act like a delinquent. It’s not funny. This child has made a false threat and now he is experiencing real consequences,” Sheriff Carmine Marceno said.

The incident comes less than a week after an 18-year-old gunman struck out at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 children and two adults.

Police in Uvalde have been criticized for failing to intervene in time to contain gunman Salvador Ramos.

According to new details that have emerged, nearly 20 officers remained outside the elementary school classroom where the shooting took place, despite dozens of 911 calls pleading for help.

The US Department of Justice will now investigate the police response to the shooting at a school in Uvalde.

Marceno said his team quickly investigated the threat on Saturday.

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

On May 27, after the shooting in Uvalde, Mr Marceno had said at a press conference: “You must not shoot our children. If you bring deadly force into this county, we’re going to kill you.’

US President Joe Biden and Texas Governor Greg Abbott visited the Texas school on Sunday and offered their condolences at the memorial to the victims.

Abbott, who was booed and intimidated by the angry mob, has previously said he expects new laws after the elementary school shooting, but when pressed for details, his response showed he was inclined to focus on mental health in instead of arms reforms.

Mr Biden, who has sought to address gun violence through executive orders, has stopped demanding Congress pass a specific bill amid sharp divisions in Washington over gun laws.

Over the weekend, a bipartisan group of senators in Congress discussed ways to reach even a modest compromise on gun safety legislation after a decade of largely unsuccessful efforts.

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