Mother threatens to shoot up elementary school over rezoning

A Florida mother was arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot up an elementary school that her children were being moved to, WPTV reports. 

Miranda Perez, 28, of Palm Beach County, was charged with sending a written threat to commit bodily injury following a disturbing conversation she supposedly had with a friend over Facebook Messenger on Sunday.

According to her arrest report, Perez told the friend during a video chat that she would “Facebook friend Zachary Cruz because she likes ‘violent things.'” Zachary is the brother of Nikolas Cruz, the 20-year-old alleged gunman who carried out an attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead last year. 

Following the video chat, Perez then purportedly wrote on Facebook Messenger, “I’m thinking of doing a school shooting at Barton.”

 Perez’s anger reportedly stemmed from the fact that her local school district rezoned her children to Barton Elementary School in Lake Worth Beach. 

Detectives with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office told WPTV that when they interviewed Perez, she admitted to making the threat but “claimed she would never actually do it.” 

“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.

The woman’s arrest comes in the wake of two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that left a combined total of 31 people dead. She is currently being held on bond.