Twenty-eight-year-old Miranda Perez of Lake Worth, Florida, has been charged with sending a written threat to shoot up an elementary school because she was upset over her children’s move to a different building.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Perez allegedly told a man on Facebook messenger on Sunday, Aug. 11, that she was upset her children were among one of 390 students impacted by a school board resolution that forced the children to change schools to help address overcrowding.
The man said Perez “made comments in the reference” to Cruz, who is accused of killing 17 people in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last year. She likes “violent things” and she was going to Facebook friend Cruz’s brother, Zachary Cruz, the affidavit said.
Perez allegedly confirmed that she sent a message after the video chat, which said, “I’m thinking of doing a school shooting at Barton… It’s there [sic] fault,” the affidavit said.
However, Perez said, “She did think about shooting the school but claimed she would never actually do it,” the affidavit said.
Perez was arrested Sunday and has been taken to a behavioral treatment center, according to court records. She has not yet appeared in court or been assigned an attorney, according to the public defender’s office.
School district spokeswoman Julie Houston Trieste told ABC News the arrest was brought to the district’s attention by the sheriff’s office. She declined to comment further citing the ongoing case.