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Law enforcement tightens security at school and formations after wave of copycat shooting threats

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Schools are facing a new wave of copycat threats after last month’s shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

The threats are part of a growing concern for law enforcement. In Florida, investigators have arrested several teenagers and a 10-year-old college student in the past two weeks.

“Every day our school resource officers face verbal threats. We see written threats to commit mass shootings,” Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said.

Just two weeks after the Uvalde school shooting, Lee County deputies arrested a student for school shooting threats.

Florida law enforcement is working to stop or prevent future school shootings.
(Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

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The student sent pictures of AR-15s to another classmate, writing “Get ready for water day,” in reference to an upcoming event, investigators said. In a statement, the student’s lawyer said the 10-year-old was not trying to threaten anyone.

According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, a 10-year-old student sent pictures of AR-15s to another classmate, writing,

According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, a 10-year-old student sent photos of AR-15s to another classmate, writing, “Get ready for water day.”

However, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office has a zero tolerance policy.

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“The last thing we want to do as law enforcement officers is handcuff a 10-year-old child. The last thing we want to do is investigate a 10-year-old child for threatening to commit a mass shooting. But, keeping kids safe, safe schools are so important, and don’t wait a second, and every threat is credible until proven otherwise,” Marceno said.

Investigators are taking the next few months to focus on training. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has scheduled 300 hours of active shooter threat training.

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“We need people who train and who will not hesitate for a second to perform if a person decides in Lee County, Florida that they are going to come into a school and exert lethal physical force against our children who are there to learn, against our teachers who are there to teach, against innocent people in our schools. We will not wait a second. They will be met with lethal force,” Marceno said.

A banner on a memorial outside Robb Primary School in Uvalde on June 3.

A banner on a memorial outside Robb Primary School in Uvalde on June 3.
(AP/Eric Gay, file)

In the wake of the Uvalde school shooting, school districts across the country are receiving more and more questions from parents.

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“We want to make sure they know we’re doing everything we can to keep them safe. Children are our future,” said Dave Newlan, Lee County School District’s executive director for safety and security.

Lee County Public Schools has at least one Resource Officer in each school. Assistants are expected to continue their training over the summer and, for the first time, practice wearing virtual reality goggles simulating active shooter scenarios in schools.