'Sickening': Multiple School Shooting Threats Made Across U.S. Since Uvalde

The 10-year-old student taken into custody in Florida on May 28 after making threats of conducting a mass shooting via text is the latest of a string of suspects arrested by police for making shooting threats since the tragedy in Uvalde last week.

As the country comes to terms with a massacre that appears to have been announced by shooter Salvador Ramos (who had reportedly made threats of shooting up a school before he actually went on a rampage at Robb Elementary School), many are asking why that kind of behavior did not lead to a closer check on the teen and was not prevented.

Police are responding to heightened scrutiny on their actions—and the recent series of arrests made across the country in response to shooting threats can be seen as a willingness to show officers are not taking any chances to avoid a repeat of what happen in Uvalde.

Long Island, New York

A Long Island 16-year-old student was arrested last week after making threats on Instagram of conducting a mass shooting at his school, Bellport High School, the next day.

The message led several people to call 911, ABC 7 reports, and Suffolk County police were then able to link the post back to the teenage boy with the help of the FBI. The 16-year-old was interviewed by detectives and a search of the home proves he did not have any guns inside the building, leading the police to conclude the boy did not pose a real threat.

"We take these threats seriously and will devote our resources to ensuring the safety of our children," said District Attorney Raymond Tierney in a statement to the media.

The teen was charged with making a terroristic threat and aggravated harassment. After being arraigned on Friday, he was placed on Supervised Release Probation with GPS and a 9 p.m. curfew. He is expected to appear in court again on May 31.

Lutz, Florida

Eighteen-year old Corey Anderson was arrested last week in Lutz, Florida, after posting an image of himself on Instagram dressed in what appeared to be with a tactical style vest and holding what looked like a handgun and a rifle. The post's caption read: "Hey Siri, directions to the nearest school."

Detectives with Hillsborough County's Sheriff Office on the case found that the weapons were actually airsoft guns and the man was likely making some kind of "sick joke" in the aftermath of the Uvalde shooting.

"This type of threat is unacceptable. This man intentionally instilled fear into our community as a sick joke, but be warned, this is no laughing matter," said Sheriff Chad Chronister in a statement released to media.

"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 charged with written or electronic threat to conduct a mass shooting or act of terrorism.

Cape Coral, Florida

On Saturday last week, the Lee County's Sheriff Office said it was informed of an alarming text sent by a 5th grader at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral. The case was immediately taken on by the School Threat Enforcement Team which then involved the Youth Services Criminal Investigations Division because of the young age of the suspect.

The boy was interviewed by detectives and arrested on the same day, on charges of making a written threat to conduct a mass shooting.

"This student's behavior is sickening, especially after the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas," said Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno. "Making sure our children are safe is paramount. We will have law and order in our schools. My team didn't hesitate one second to investigate this threat."

A video shared by the Lee County's Sheriff Office shows the student being walked out of the school in handcuffs by an officer.

"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," stated Marceno.

Update 5/30/2022 3:30 a.m. ET time. This article was updated to provide more context on the story.

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Stock image/File photo: A handcuffed person. A Florida 5th grader has been charged with making a written threat to conduct a mass shooting. BrianAJackson/istock