A 10-year-old in Florida was arrested after threatening to shoot up a school, police said.
A fifth grade student was arrested at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral, Florida, on Saturday after sending a text message threatening to conduct a mass shooting, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
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"Right now is not the time to act like a little delinquent. It's not funny. This child made a fake threat, and now he's experiencing real consequences," Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said at a press conference on Saturday.
The threat enforcement team at the school was notified about the text and began analytical research, deputies said. The incident was eventually handed over to the Youth Services Criminal Investigations Division, according to officials.
The boy was later arrested following an interview with a detective about the texts, the contents of which police did not reveal.
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The 10-year-old was charged with making a written threat to conduct a mass shooting.
Last week, Texas suffered one of the most lethal mass school shootings in a decade. Nineteen children and two teachers were killed on May 24 after 18-year-old Salvador Ramos entered a school in Uvalde, Texas, locked himself into a classroom, and fired on a classroom of students.