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Drawing Found In School Student's Book Leads To Man's Arrest

A Florida man has been arrested and charged after a violent sketch of a what is believed to be a school shooting was found in the notebook of a student. It has been confirmed that Mr. Robert Paul Alexander Edwards, the student's stepfather, drew the image, not the student.

Mr. Edwards, 33, was arrested and charged with writing threats to kill or to bodily injure after he drew a graphic image depicting a school shooting in the homework book of a fourth-grade student.

“The drawing depicted a school house on fire, a person running away from the school on fire and several others standing in a line being shot by an individual,” the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office revealed. “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.”

Gulf County Sheriff, Mike Harrison, was quick to act after the report came in from a teacher at Port St. Joe Elementary School in the town of Port St. Joe. “Our country has been affected one too many times with horrific school tragedies. We take matters like this very seriously,” Sheriff Harrison affirmed.

Following his arrest, Mr. Edwards was interviewed by investigators, who confirmed that “although the actions in the drawing were taken seriously, there is no reason to believe that Edwards was going to carry out the threat.”

Mr. Edwards appeared to have no excuse for his actions, with Sheriff Harrison concluding that he, “did not have a lot of explanation other than that he didn’t intend to do anything like this and it was a, I believe, in his words, a childish mistake.”

Jim Norton, the County School’s Superintendent, took a far more severe stance on the matter, revealing in a statement to NBC affiliate WJHG of Panama City that “this action was perceived as a potential threat and immediate action was the only recourse.”

“These matters will never be taken lightly and they may not be simply considered erring on the side of caution. This is a new era when you have to look at all angles, when you see something from right field, where it would depict something so horrible. We can’t afford to sit on something, so we did react to it.”

After the story was posted to the police department's Facebook pages, dozens of social media users commented on the arrest. One person identified Mr. Edwards as a tattoo artist from the area, stating he goes by the name “Purdy Boy Rob” and “jokes around a lot.”

“Anyone who knows him knows he likes offensive jokes,” the man concluded, before another user instantly scorned him, stating, “This is not a laughing matter. The last thing we need in the Gulf County is any threat to our community.”

“Threat or offensive art, I support the decision of Gulf County Sheriff’s Office to apprehend this fellow.”

Source: NBC News
Photos: Gulf County Sheriff's Office, 123RF Stock Photo, Pixabay, DOD/Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

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