12-year-old arrested for threatening mass shooting at Cape Coral school

Cape Coral Police Department arrested a 12-year-old boy who threatened to commit a mass shooting at Caloosa Middle School, where he attends, in Cape Coral.

The boy is in the seventh grade, and he is now facing charges. We looked into consequences for a child this age who makes a severe threat.

Daniel Garza, a local trial attorney said, in some cases, a student who makes a threat won’t be able to get his or her record cleared.

“If it’s a certain type of charge, they can be direct filed, which means that they will be charged as an adult,” Garza said.

Even if that’s not the case, the crime could still potentially affect future career opportunities.

“With any charge that’s sealed or expunged, whether you are a juvenile or an adult, there are certain agencies that can still find it,” Garza said.

Another attorney told us they have represented kids facing school threat charges in the state. Some of them could have second-degree felonies on their records.

Reporter:Gina Tomlinson
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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