A 10-year-old in Florida was arrested Saturday after allegedly sending a text message threatening to shoot up his school.
The arrest of Daniel Issac Marquez comes just five days after 19 children and two teachers were slain at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, by deranged gunman Salvador Ramos, 18.
According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Marquez is a 5th grade student at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral, Florida.
After being interviewed by authorities, Marquez was charged with making a written threat to conduct a mass shooting.
Daniel Marquez, shown here be walked out of a Lee County Sheriff’s office, was described as ‘sickening’ the sheriff
The sheriff said: ‘My team didn’t hesitate one second…NOT ONE SECOND, to investigate this threat’
The incident involving Patriot Elementary School is being investigated by the The School Threat Enforcement Team and the Youth Services Criminal Investigations Division
Sheriff Carmine Marceno said in the statement: ‘This student’s behavior is sickening, especially after the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas.
‘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 incident is being investigated by the The School Threat Enforcement Team and the Youth Services Criminal Investigations Division.
The sheriff continued saying: ‘Right now is not the time to act like a little delinquent. It’s not funny. This child made a fake threat, and now he’s experiencing real consequences.’
18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School on May 24 leaving many schools in the country on edge
This image of sheriff’s deputy Felix Ramos clutching his wife Kimberly as they found out that their daughter, Lexi, 10, was among the victims was beamed across the world
U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden visit and lay flowers at a memorial in front of Robb Elementary School
Two days after the attack on Robb Elementary School, Sheriff Marceno was forthright in his reaction telling the media: ‘You don’t get to shoot our children. You bring deadly force in this country, we are going to kill you.’
The sheriff thanked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for giving law enforcement in the state ‘the tools’ to keep children safe and to preserve law and order.
Amd on May 27, Sheriff Marceno appeared in an eight-minute long video in which he criticized federal aid for Ukraine.
The sheriff said that the money should be spent on ‘target hardening’ our schools.
In front of six sheriff’s deputies, all armed with assault rifles and clad in tactical gear, Marceno said that the residents of Lee County should rest assure that their children were safe in schools in the area.
Marceno was named as sheriff of Lee County first in 2018 by then-Governor Rick Scott following the resignation of previous Sheriff Mike Scott.
Following the massacre in Uvalde, the sheriff of Lee County appeared in a video assuring residents his community that their kids were safe at school
Lee County Sheriff Marceno pictured with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on May 23
In 2020, Marceno, a Republican, won a decisive election victory over Democratic challenger Robert Neeld.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in 2020 that Lee County’s crime rate dropped by 18.4% during his initial tenure between 2018 and 2020.
That’s despite the county’s growing population. Cape Coral became one of the most popular destinations among people leaving cities amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is the second time in a week that the community of Cape Coral was rocked with a threat of violence against a school.
On May 26, a woman named Tracy Carter threatened to attend a high school graduation in the area with a fake bomb strapped to her chest.
According to the Cape Coral Police Department, Carter was upset that her child was unable to graduate or attend prom due to disciplinary issues.
Carter said that she would ‘feel bad for the children she would scare but she really needed to be heard. She stated that she didn’t plan to hurt anyone.’
Cape Coral woman Stacy Carter is accused of threatening to scare attendees at a high school graduation with a fake bomb just two days after the events in Uvalde, Texas
The woman added that she wanted to mimic the Denzel Washington movie ‘John Q,’ about a father who holds a hospital emergency room hostage in order to secure a life-saving operation for his child.
A subsequent search of Carter’s home found no bomb making materials.
The arrest of 10-year-old Daniel Marquez came just after the Department of Justice announced a critical review of the law enforcement response to the initial 911 calls regarding the shooting in Uvalde.
DOJ spokesperson Anthony Coley said in a press release: ‘The goal of the review is to provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day.’
The review comes after it was revealed that Ramos’ rampage in Uvalde carried on for 77 minutes before he was engaged by a border patrol agent.
Parents of the students at Robb Elementary School showed up at the school after hearing about the reports of a shooting while the massacre was continuing inside.