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Deputies arrest 5th-grade student for threat to Patriot Elementary School

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Lee County Sheriff's Office
Posted at 7:56 PM, May 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-31 10:47:40-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — On May 28, Lee County Sheriff’s Office was alerted of a text message that a fifth grader sent to threaten the safety of Patriot Elementary School.

Sheriff Carmine Marceno said the School Threat Enforcement Team reacted as quickly as possible. “My team didn’t hesitate one second…NOT ONE SECOND, to investigate this threat,” Sheriff Marceno said.

According to Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Youth Services Criminal Investigations Division is assuming the case.

Detectives interviewed the 5th grader before deputies charged him with Making a Written Threat to Conduct a Mass Shooting.

Sheriff Marceno said he saw the student’s behavior as “sickening,” especially so soon after the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

"This child made a fake threat, and now he’s experiencing real consequences,” Sheriff Marceno said.