A Florida man was arrested on Friday after allegedly doodling a depiction of a school tragedy on part of a student’s homework. Mexico Beach resident Robert Paul Alexander Edwards, 33, now faces “written threat to kill or do bodily harm to others” charges after a Port St. Joe Elementary School staff member reported his “art:” a drawing of a school with smoke billowing out its windows and roof, and a stick figure person shooting at people next to it.
A police press release states that a school employee “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.”
It is unclear if Edwards was the father of the student. Also unclear is whether Edwards has a lawyer that can speak on his behalf.
CBS affiliate WPEC-TV reports that there wasn’t any indication that the he had any desire to act out on the reported threat. But the Gulf County Sheriff's Office said they aren’t taking any chances.
"Our country has been affected one too many times with horrific school tragedies. We take matters like this very seriously," Sheriff Mike Harrison said.
[Photo: Gulf County Sheriff’s Office]