Florida sheriff says it’s time to ‘get back to the old school’ parenting | #parenting

Following the arrest of a 10-year-old boy who made a threat to commit a
school shooting
, Sheriff Carmine Marceno of Lee County,
, is defending the decision to go public with the boy’s mug shot and video showing him being walked in handcuffs.

“The vast majority of parents come forward and tell me, ‘Thank you for doing that. My child is now afraid of the consequences,'” Marceno
the Daily Mail. “It is changing the way we behave. It’s changing the way children think.”

fifth-grade student was arrested
at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral, Florida, on Saturday after sending a threatening text message. He was charged with making a written threat to conduct a
mass shooting.


Standing behind his stance that a “fake threat” equals “real consequences,” Marceno said his sheriff’s department will continue to publicize juvenile mugshots.

“The last thing we want to do ever is put a 10-year-old or child in handcuffs. That’s not what we want,” Marceno said. “But we have to do our job and we have to make certain child safety.”

“If a 10-year-old, 12-year-old, 18-year-old presses the trigger, the aftermath is the same,” Marceno told Fox & Friends, and he also called on parents to discuss the seriousness of making such threats.

“Sit your child down and explain, because we know children make mistakes, but we need parents and guardians to sit down and tell them, ‘Fake threat, real consequence,’” Marceno said.

Marcelo also encouraged parents to be more involved in monitoring their children’s activities.

“We need to get back to the old school,” the sheriff said. “We need to get back to the old school and hold people accountable.”

“When I was growing up,” Marceno continued, “you understood what was right and wrong. Today, what do we do? Society says, ‘Well, if your parents discipline you, and any kind of abuse, come forward so we can report your parent.’ So parents are afraid — they’re afraid to discipline their kids.”


In recent years, Lee County has reportedly released at least nine juvenile mugshots.
Florida statute 39.045(9)
includes a provision for releasing juvenile information when a child is “arrested for a felony (or convicted of three or more misdemeanors).”

The 10-year-old’s threat was the
second of its kind
in one week for Lee County. A woman allegedly also said she would attend a high school graduation with a bomb on her chest.

On the same day that the boy’s mugshot was released, an 18-year-old in nearby Hillsborough County, Florida, was
arrested and charged after posting photos
and a threat to commit a school shooting on social media.

The threats came less than a week after the
Robb Elementary school shooting
in Uvalde, Texas.

Marceno noted that parents and officials “cannot ignore red flags” and “have to look at everything as real.”

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