A Florida man has been arrested and charged with writing threats to kill or do bodily injury after drawing on a child’s homework assignment. Authorities allege that 33-year-old Robert Paul Alexander Edwards drew an image of school violence on a student’s homework assignment.
The Palm Beach Post is reporting that Edwards drew a burning schoolhouse with a person with a gun next to the words, “Pew Pew Pew”. The person with the gun is reported to be shooting at a line of people while another person who is engulfed in flames next to the words “AHHH! It burns!” Two more individuals are laying on the ground in a pool of blood according to the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO).Police arrested Edwards Friday and charged him with writing threats to kill or do bodily injury.
Sheriff Mike Harrison told reporters that investigators are under the assumption that Edwards didn’t have any plans to bring the drawing to life.
Police say they were notified by the Port St. Joe Elementary School Resource Officer about the troubling piece of artwork. “Our country has been affected one too many times with horrific school tragedies. We take matters like this very seriously,” Sheriff Mike Harrison said.
GCSO said in a press release:
The investigation began today after staff at Port St. Joe Elementary School contacted the
School Resource Deputy about a “disturbing” picture drawn on a student’s homework
assignment. The drawing depicted a school house on fire, a person running from the school
on fire and several others standing in a line being shot by an individual. The image included
two people on the ground in what appeared to be a pool of blood. The words, “Pew, Pew,
Pew,” were written next to the person with the gun. Through the course of the investigation
it was determined Edwards drew the image.
“Our country has been affected one too many times with horrific school tragedies. We take
matters like this very seriously.” said Sheriff Harrison. The Sheriff and officials with Gulf
District Schools have worked together on this matter. Edwards was interviewed by
Investigators. Although the actions in the drawing were taken seriously, there is no reason
to believe that Edwards was going to carry out the threat.
The press release was issued December 1, 2017.