Since the shootings happened in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, authorities are on a roll at catching people who are issuing threats of mass shootings across America. It is not just young adults, it is teenagers as well. Threats are being issued as a joke, but there is nothing funny about these threats as authorities are making immediate arrests and taking the threats very seriously.
All across social media, special programs installed are picking up words and threats which are leading to these arrests, and the public is also speaking up to the FBI and police to put an end to another massacre before it happens. So far, there have been 27 major busts to date.
The FBI was concerned over the previous shootings, which they felt would cause extremist to become inspired to carry out more shootings. Their gut feeling was correct. The first and most recent is a 15-year-old boy who was arrested in Daytona Beach, Florida. When authorities arrived, they questioned the boy and the mother.
Both said it was just a joke, but jokes or not, the police and the FBI have zero-tolerance. If the boy is convicted as a minor, he could face probation or juvenile-detention time. If he is tried as an adult, it could land him up to 15 years in prison. It all depends on the judge. So this kid ruined his life over a joke where he was going to bring a gun to school and “shoot a minimum of seven people.”
The Sheriff’s Department put out this statement, “After the mass violence we’ve seen in Florida and across the country, law enforcement officers have a responsibility to investigate and charge those who choose to make these types of threatening statements.”
Others throughout the month were only threats because of the intervention of the local authorities and the FBI. On August 4th, a man is charged with a false threat charge for calling the Tampa Bay Walmart informing an employee he was going to “shoot up the store.”
A few days later, on August 7th, a 13-year-old boy was arrested in Weslaco, Texas and charged with a terroristic threat to the local Walmart. The store was evacuated, and the boy’s mother turned him into the police.
The next day, on August 8th, at a Walmart in Missouri, a 20-year-old man went inside the store dressed in full body armor, a rifle, and a handgun. He claimed he was only carrying out a “social experiment and that it wasn’t intended to cause panic.” What else did he think was going to happen? He is charged with making a terrorist threat.
The following day, August 9th, a man from Las Vegas, Nevada, was found with bomb-making materials at his residence where he was charged with possessing destructive devices. He planned to blow up a gay bar and a synagogue.
On that same day, in Winter Park, Florida, a 26-year-old man posted a threat on Facebook where he warned people to avoid Walmart because he was going to return his gun.
August 10th, in Harlingen, Texas, police responded to another threat on social media where he was charged with making a terroristic threat, and he was arrested at his residence.
Both of these happened on August 11th, where a 28-year-old mother was arrested on a charge of sending a written threat to commit bodily harm. She threatened to commit a school shooting because her kids were being moved there.
The incident happened in Palm Beach County, Florida, and the threat was aimed toward the elementary school. The other was a teen from Mississippi who posted a threat on Facebook against the Lamar County School District.
A 25-year-old man was charged in West Virginia due to the terroristic threats he made in Jefferson County online to kill people on August 12th.
These two incidents happened on the same day as well. On August 13th, a 15-year-old girl was arrested in Minnesota for social media threats to shoot up a school. And in Phoenix, Arizona, a man was arrested for sending threats to blow up an Army recruitment center.
Two more happened on August 15th, one in Connecticut where a social media post was found on Facebook where a man threatened to commit a mass shooting. The other was a 15-year-old girl in Fresno, California who threatened a school via social media.
These are just a few, but the majority of the threats were aimed at schools and Walmarts.