Police in Florida a fifth-grader was arrested on Saturday after he allegedly threatened to carry out a mass shooting.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said it was informed of a threatening text message sent by a 10-year-old Patriot Elementary School student in Cape Carol on May 28.
“The school’s anti-threat team was immediately notified and began analytical research. Due to the nature of the incident, the case was taken over by the criminal investigation department of the youth service, ”the statement reads.
Police then questioned the child and subsequently arrested him. He was accused of “a written threat to carry out a mass shooting.”
“Now is not the time to behave like a small offender. It’s not funny anymore. This child made a false threat, and now he is experiencing real consequences, ”said Sheriff Carmine Marcena.
The incident came less than a week after an 18-year-old gunman shot at Robb Elementary School in Uwald, Texas, killing 19 children and two adults.
Police in Uwalde have been criticized for failing to accept the timely restraint of gunman Salvador Ramos.
According to new information, about 20 officers remained near the classroom at the primary school where the shooting took place, despite dozens of 911 calls asking for help.
The Now the US Department of Justice will investigate the reaction of the police before the shooting of the Uwalde school.
Mr Marchena said his team was in a hurry to investigate the threat on Saturday.
“We will have law and order in schools! My team did not hesitate for a second … NOT for SECONDS to investigate this threat, ”he said.
On May 27, after the shooting in Uwalde, Mr Marcheno told a news conference: “You can’t shoot our children. You are bringing deadly force to this county, we are going to kill you. ”
U.S. President Joe Biden and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott visited a school in Texas on Sunday and expressed their condolences at the memorial to the victims.
Mr. Abbott, who was an enraged crowd whistled and disgustedpreviously said he was waiting for new laws after the shooting in primary school, but if he needed details, his the response indicated that he tended to focus on mental health rather than gun reform.
Mr Biden, who has tried to end gun violence through executive orders, has not demanded that Congress pass any specific bill, given Washington’s sharp disagreement over gun control legislation.
Last weekend, a bipartisan group of senators in Congress discussed how they could reach even a modest compromise on gun security legislation after a decade of largely failed efforts.