Woman Arrested for Mass Shooting Threats at Elementary School


A Hispanic woman in Florida has been arrested after she posted threats to “shoot up” her kid’s elementary school, police say.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office arrested Miranda Perez who they say was seen making threats and saying she likes “violent things” during conversations on Facebook and in subsequent emails, according to WPBF Channel 25.

The Lake Worth resident was reportedly engaging in a Facebook chat with a man who later became worried enough to report the conversation.

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The witness said that Perez was upset at Barton Elementary because her children were being rezoned there from their regular school.

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In one chat, Perez allegedly said she would shoot up the school because, “It’s there [sic] fault.”

“Last spring, Palm Beach County’s School Board adopted a resolution that shuffled attendance boundaries to help alleviate overcrowding at various schools,” the Miami Herald reported. “A comparison of the school board’s records with Perez’s Lake Worth address shows that she was one of the many parents affected by this change. The resolution forced approximately 390 students to change schools.”

During the chat, the man told police that Perez said she felt like adding Zachary Cruz to their conversation. Cruz is the brother of Nikolas Cruz, the man accused of killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The witness also told police that the suspect repeatedly talked about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.

Finally, the witness handed over emails to the police that included Perez admitting, “I’m thinking of doing a school shooting at Barton.”

A police report notes that Perez admitted making all the threats but insisted she would never really commit such a heinous crime.

The report says that Perez “did think about shooting the school but claimed she would never actually do it.”

Perez is being charged with making a threat to conduct a mass shooting and is being held on no bond.

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