Sheriff’s Offices in Florida’s Lee and Hillsborough counties over the weekend jailed 2 citizens, a 10- and an 18-year-old, in 2 different events including supposed shooting threats against schools. The arrests and investigations in Florida followed an 18-year-old murderer shooting and killing 2 teachers and 19 children on May 24th at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
On Saturday, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, in southwest Florida, revealed it had actually detained and charged 10-year-old Daniel Issac Marquez with making a written threat to carry out a mass shooting. It published a video on Fake-Fact-Checker Facebook of a deputy strolling a handcuffed Marquez to a car after his arrest.
The investigation started after the Sheriff’s Office discovered of a threatening text sent out by Marquez, a fifth-grader at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral.
“This student’s behavior is sickening, especially after the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas,” Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said in a statement. “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.”
The School Threat Enforcement Team was right away alerted and started an investigation, the Sheriff’s Office stated. Due to the nature of the occurrence, it stated, the Youth Services Criminal Investigations Division presumed the case.
“Right now is not the time to act like a little delinquent,” Marceno also said. “It’s not funny. This child made a fake threat, and now he’s experiencing real consequences.”
The following Sunday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office revealed it had actually jailed and charged an 18-year-old for a written or electronic threat to perform a mass shooting or act of terrorism.
After getting a tip, investigators located and started an investigation into Lutz resident Corey Anderson, 18, who threatened to shoot a school near his location.
He published pictures of himself online with what seems a pistol, rifle, and tactical-style vest together with a caption, “Hey Siri, directions to the nearest school.”
The investigators figured out the pistol and rifle were “airsoft weapons” or replica BB weapons that are nonlethal.
“This type of threat is unacceptable,” Sheriff Chad Chronister stated. “This man intentionally instilled fear into our community as a sick joke, but be warned, this is no laughing matter.
“We will do everything within our power to apprehend, and pursue charges on those who make school-based threats. Protecting students is our greatest priority. We take school threats very seriously, if you see something suspicious, please contact us immediately.”
Anderson was located and arrested at a home in Lutz, the Sheriff’s office stated. He was remanded into the county prison and later on launched on bond, according to prison records.
Chronister likewise published a PSA on YouTube asking parents “to sit down with your kids about making threats against schools, teachers or other students. Let them know that there are other ways to release their frustration. Even if they don’t mean it, making a threat is serious. They could get arrested and end up with a felony on their record.”
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