Sheriff’s deputies in Florida have arrested a 10-year-old fifth grade student accused of threatening to shoot up a school.
Investigators learned of the threats made by the boy on Saturday and arrested him.
According to WINK, the 10-year-old was lodged in juvenile detention after the threat, which was made against Patriot Elementary in Cape Coral.
According to the arrest report, the boy texted someone pictures of cash and four AR-15 rifles with the message: “Get ready for water day.”
“It is nerve-wracking to know that a 10-year-old or 11-year-old would think of something like that, but my thoughts are, you know, like, what was he really thinking?” said Jillian Hensley, a Patriot Elementary parent.
David Thomas, a mental health expert with Florida Gulf Coast University, said the boy likely made the threat because he wanted attention.
“So the question the state’s going to have to figure out is, Is he competent? Or does it say he really doesn’t rise to the level of being able to make those decisions?” said Thomas.
In a social media post, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno called the student’s behavior “sickening, especially after the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas.”
An 18-year-old gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday and opened fire on a fourth grade classroom, killing 19 students and two teachers.
Sheriff Marceno said making sure “our children are safe is paramount.”
More information is expected Tuesday morning