A SHOCKING new mugshot has been released of the 10-year-old student who was arrested on Saturday over an alleged threat of a mass shooting.
The threat came just five days after Tuesday’s shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas, killed 19 students and two teachers.
The 10-year-old was charged with making a written threat of mass shooting.
Police believed the student was threatening the school via text messages and publicly arrested him.
The 5th grade student at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral, Fla., allegedly texted his friend claiming he had bought four assault rifles.
The alleged messages claimed that the minor cheated on a friend to get the assault rifles.
“Get ready for Water Day,” the minor allegedly said in another message. He was referring to a school-sponsored event where students participate in water activities.
The School Threat Enforcement Team was notified immediately, police said, and an investigation was launched.
Due to the age of the suspect, the Juvenile Criminal Police Office took over the case.
The boy was arrested on Saturday after being questioned by detectives and was seen on police video being escorted by officers to a police car.
“This student’s behavior is disgusting, especially after the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas,” the Lee County Sheriff said Carmine Marceno.
“The safety of our children is of the utmost importance. We will have law and order in our schools! My team didn’t hesitate a second…NOT A SECOND to investigate this threat.
“Right now is not the time to act like a criminal. It’s not funny. This kid made a fake threat and now they’re getting real consequences.”
“‘He was describing wads of money and preparing to commit a mass shooting,'” Marceno added in a radio interview describe texts.
“We don’t wait a second. We investigate every threat as if it were real.”
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno, who claims to be the Law and Order Sheriff, publicly defended the minor’s arrest.
While Marceno admitted that the boy is only 10 years old and his brain is not yet fully developed, he explained that fake threats still have real consequences.
“A child pulling a trigger equals the same aftermath,” he said.
“When a 10-year-old pulls a trigger, the effect is the same regardless of age.
SHOOTING IN TEXAS
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 following the tragedy.
“You mustn’t shoot our children,” he said a press conference. “You bring deadly violence to this county, we will kill you.”
Police officers in Uvalde face a close scrutiny of their response to the shooting, raising questions about how quickly law enforcement should have responded to the crime.
On Sunday, the US Department of Justice announced it would conduct a critical incident review of law enforcement’s response to the shooting.
“The objective of the review is to provide an independent account of law enforcement’s actions and responses that day,” Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement Sunday.
Coley said the review will also aim to “identify experiences and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events.”
According to the announcement, the check is carried out by the department’s community-oriented police office.
The results will be published once the review is complete.
This isn’t the first alleged threat following the Texas mass shooting that killed 21 people.
Last week, four boys were arrested on suspicion of planning a school shooting in Texas.
Nathaniel Montelongo and Barbarito Pantoja, 17, have been charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
And two other minors, whose names have not been released, have been arrested and will appear before a judge today, The Monitor reported.
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/5454595/new-mugshot-shows-florida-student-mass-shooting-texas-school/ Shocking new mugshot shows a 10-year-old Florida student arrested on threats of mass shooting five days after the Texas massacre