A FLORIDA student has been arrested after allegedly making written threats to commit a mass shooting, said police.
The 10-year-old suspect is a fifth-grader at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral and he is alleged to have sent the threatening text.
The School Threat Enforcement Team was immediately notified, said police, and an investigation was opened.
Because of the age of the suspect, the Youth Services Criminal Investigations Division took over the case. The boy was arrested on Saturday after being interviewed by detectives and was seen on police video being escorted by cops to a police car.
“This student’s behavior is sickening, especially after the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas,” said Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno.
“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.
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“Right now is not the time to act like a delinquent. It’s not funny. This child made a fake threat, and now he’s experiencing real consequences.”
The arrest comes just days after 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School.
Marceno made a fierce statement against any would-be killers on social media in the wake of the tragedy.
“You don’t get to shoot our children,” he said in a press conference. “You bring deadly force in this county, we are going to kill you.”
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Cops in Uvalde are facing scrutiny over their response to the shooting, with questions raised over how quickly law enforcement should have responded to the crime.
On Sunday the US Department of Justice announced that it will conduct a critical incident review of the law enforcement response to the shooting.
“The goal of the review is to provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day," justice department spokesperson Anthony Coley said in a statement on Sunday.
Coley said the review will also aim "to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events."
According to the statement, the review will be carried out by the department’s community-oriented policing office.
The findings will be published once the review is complete.
PARENTS OUTRAGED BY POLICE RESPONSE
As Ramos was firing inside the school, parents and loved ones gathered outside, trying to gain entry and rescue their children.
Jennifer Gaitan was one of the first parents to arrive.
Gaitan, who has spoken to multiple media outlets, said on CNN that she heard and witnessed officers' responses to parents.
The frantic mom claims that she begged the police to do something.
And while she was one of the first to arrive on the scene, it was about two hours until she was reunited with her daughter, Jazlynn.
Jacinto Cazares, the devastated father of one of the children brutally killed in the horror attack, said he considered trying to get in the building while cops held tight.
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Ten-year-old Jackie Cazares' dad rushed to the school after hearing about the shooting – but says when he arrived, officers had not entered the premises, reports ABC7.
He said he told other witnesses: "Let’s just rush in because the cops aren’t doing anything like they are supposed to."
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