A Florida boy, just 10 years old, was arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot up his school.
The boy had sent a text message containing a written threat to target Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral, Florida, Fox News reported.
Little boy arrested
Detectives interviewed the fifth-grade suspect and decided there was probable cause for his arrest. The Youth Services Criminal Investigations Division handled the case.
This comes as a recent school shooting in Texas and another shooting at a supermarket in New York have renewed debate on gun control and school safety.
The local sheriff in Lee County, Carmine Marceno, says the boy made a “fake threat,” but he must face “real consequences” for the “sickening” stunt, especially after the recent massacre in Uvalde, Texas in which an 18-year-old man killed 19 children and two teachers.
“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.”
The local police in Uvalde have been slammed for waiting to breach a classroom where the shooter barricaded himself. Federal agents from Border Patrol eventually killed the shooter, reportedly after ignoring an order from local police to stay back.
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With the scandal in Uvalde bringing new scrutiny to law enforcement, Marceno said that the safety of children is a top priority for police in Lee County.
“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.”
While the left has been calling for gun control, many on the right have blamed recent shootings on cultural factors like the decline of the family.
In a Fox News interview, Moreno said he has “zero tolerance” policy for shooting threats, which he blamed on parents failing to discipline their children. He said that overreach from the state has left many parents “afraid” to lay down the law when their kids misbehave.
“When I was growing up, the nun hit you with a ruler, a wooden ruler,” he said, adding it’s time to “get back to the old school.”