Skip to main content

Man Charged For Violent Drawing On Child's Homework (Photos)

A Florida man who police say drew a violent scene on a child's homework has been arrested. 

Robert Paul Alexander Edwards, 33, has been charged with writing threats to kill or do bodily injury, a second-degree felony, according to the Palm Beach Post. 

The arrest came after a student at Port St. Joe Elementary School handed in a homework assignment containing a "disturbing" picture, according to a statement by the Gulf County Sheriff's Office. 

The picture in question portrayed a burning one-room schoolhouse and a man on fire running away from the building, screaming, "AHHH! It Burns!" On the other side of the burning school, a line of people were being shot at by a figure holding a gun. "Pew Pew Pew" was written next to the figure with the gun. Two more people lay nearby in pools of blood, according to the sheriff's office. 

Police say an investigation revealed Edwards drew the picture. He was arrested Dec. 1.

Image placeholder title

"Our country has been affected one too many times with horrific school tragedies," Sheriff Mike Harrison said in the statement. "We take matters like this very seriously." 

The sheriff's office says there is no indication Edwards intended to carry out an attack on the school. 

Gulf County Schools Superintendent Jim Norton released a statement following Edward's arrest, WJHG reports: 

As always, student safety continues to be of the utmost importance. 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.

Image placeholder title

People charged with writing threats to kill have generally made some direct threat against a person or institution. 

A Florida man was sentenced to 41 months in prison in November after he pleaded guilty to mailing threatening communication, according to the Northwest Florida Daily News. 

Regis Walker was convicted of sending a threatening letter to a Florida sheriff invoking ISIS and warning of imminent attacks. The letter was sent in 2016, shortly after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando that killed almost 50 people.

In a separate case, a 16-year-old high school student was charged with written threats to kill after posting an image of a gun on Snapchat with a caption claiming he was taking the gun to a nearby school to "finish what never started," according to WFTV.

The teenager, who did not attend the school referenced in the Snapchat post, was arrested. After the arrest, police announced the gun from the photo was a pellet gun and they did not believe the teenager was a threat.

Popular Video