Mother, 28, is arrested for threatening to carry out a shooting at a Florida school after rezoning laws meant her children would be sent there
- Miranda Perez threatened a shooting at Barton Elementary School in Lake Worth
- Florida mom made the comments in a conversation with a friend on Facebook
- During a video chat, she mentions adding Zachary Cruz on Facebook – the brother of Nikolas Cruz admitted killing 17 people at a school in Parkland in 2018
- She told police that she made the threat but denied she would carry it out
A Florida woman was arrested for threatening to carry out a shooting at a school because her children were being moved there.
Miranda Perez, 28, from Lake Worth, was exchanging messages with a friend on Facebook Messenger around 8am on Sunday when the alleged threat was made against Barton Elementary School in Lake Worth Beach.
During a conversation with a male friend, Perez said she was going to add Zachary Cruz as a friend on Facebook – because ‘she likes violent things’.
Cruz is the brother of Nikolas Cruz, who confessed to killing 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in February 2018.
Miranda Perez, 28, from Lake Worth, was exchanging messages with a friend on Facebook Messenger when she threatened to carry out a shooting at a school
After the video chat ended, Perez wrote on Facebook Messenger: ‘I’m thinking of doing a school shooting at Barton,’ according to WPTV.
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Perez later claimed in the Facebook Messenger chat, ‘Yep. It’s there [sic] fault’ referring to the school.
Detectives said Perez admitted to sending the messages and told them ‘she did think about shooting the school, but claimed she would never actually do it,’ according to an interview with her.
Miranda Perez, 28, from Lake Worth, was upset that her children were being moved to Barton Elementary School in Lake Worth Beach as part of new rezoning rules
Perez referenced Nikolas Cruz, (left), who confessed to killing 17 students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland last year. She also mentioned friending his brother Zachary, (right), on Facebook
Perez was arrested and booked into the Palm Beach County jail on a charge of sending a written threat to commit bodily injury. She is being held on $5,000 bond.
In Spring, Palm Beach County’s School Board introduced a resolution that shuffled attendance boundaries to help alleviate overcrowding at various schools.
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 meant that 390 students had to change schools.
‘This is a great example of the importance of bringing forward information about things you see on social media,’ said Palm Beach County School District Police Chief Frank Kitzerow.
‘One thing I tell parents regularly is trust your instincts, don’t take a chance,’ he added.