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Woman arrested, charged with threatening to shoot up elementary school

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A Lake Worth woman was arrested after police said she made a written threat to shoot up a school, police said.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office, Miranda Perez was chatting with a man on Facebook Messenger. The man said that Perez was upset that her children were being moved to a different school due to rezoning.

During a video chat, Perez mentioned that she was going to add Zachary Cruz, the brother of the man accused of of killing 17 people in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, on Facebook because she likes "violent things."

Officials said that the person she was speaking to also mentioned that Perez made comments about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gunman.

Shortly after the video chat ended, Perez wrote the man a message that read, "I'm thinking of doing a school shooting at Barton."

Perez was referring to Barton Elementary School, which is the school Perez's kids were being moved to.

When police confronted Perez, they said that she did think about shooting up the school, but claimed she would never actually do it.

Perez is being charged with making a threat to conduct a mass shooting. She's being held on no bond and will be Baker Acted.

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