ANOTHER Florida student is arrested on felony charges for posting pictures of himself online with what appeared to be a rifle and the caption: ‘Hey Siri, directions to the nearest school’
Corey Anderson, 18, has been arrested and charged with making a threat of a mass shooting
An 18-year-old in Florida has been arrested and charged with a felony after he posted a photo of a rifle, handgun and tactical vest online and captioned the image: ‘Hey Siri, directions to the nearest school’.
Corey Anderson, from Lutz, 15 miles north of Tampa, was arrested on Sunday after police were tipped off about the post.
The weapons were later discovered to be airsoft guns.
Anderson could face 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted of making a threat of a mass shooting.
‘This type of threat is unacceptable. This man intentionally instilled fear into our community as a sick joke, but be warned, this is no laughing matter,’ said Sheriff Chad Chronister.
Chad Chronister, sheriff of Hillsborough County, announced Anderson’s arrest and said that they take threats against schools ‘very seriously’
‘We will do everything within our power to apprehend, and pursue charges on those who make school-based threats.
‘Protecting students is our greatest priority. We take school threats very seriously, if you see something suspicious, please contact us immediately.’
It was unclear on Monday whether Anderson was still being held.
His arrest came the day after a 10-year-old boy in Florida was detained on the same charges, after allegedly threatening a mass shooting at his elementary school.
Daniel Issac Marquez was charged with making a written threat to conduct a mass shooting after sending a text about Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral.
Daniel Marquez, shown here be walked out of a Lee County Sheriff’s office, was described as ‘sickening’ the sheriff
The sheriff said: ‘My team didn’t hesitate one second…NOT ONE SECOND, to investigate this threat’
The boy’s alleged text read: ‘I scammed my friend’ and included a Google image of money, according to his arrest report.
‘I bought this,’ he added a few seconds later, and included an image of four assault rifles.
Marquez then stated: ‘Get ready for water day,’ referencing a recent school-sponsored event in which students participate in water activities, like playing in sprinklers.
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno, who touts himself as Florida’s ‘law and order sheriff,’ perp walked the child and published his mugshot.
He defended publicly exposing the juvenile by saying ‘a child pulling a trigger equals the same aftermath.’
Marceno told W radio: ‘He described wads of cash and ‘get ready’ to commit a mass shooting.
‘We don’t wait one second. We investigate every threat as if it’s real.
‘Every single threat is real. Every threat is real until you prove not.’
The sheriff also commented on the boy’s very public arrest, saying that ‘fake threats’ result in ‘real consequences.’
‘I did a campaign. Fake threat, real consequence. While I understand the boy is 10 years old – his brain’s not fully developed, he’s a juvenile – I have to tell you: When a 10-year-old presses a trigger, the aftermath is the same regardless of the age.’
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno defended his public arrest of Daniel Issac Marquez, 10, by saying if the boy had actually fired shots at his school the result would have been the same
The incident involving Patriot Elementary School is being investigated by the The School Threat Enforcement Team and the Youth Services Criminal Investigations Division
Sheriff Carmine Marceno laid into Marquez for his ‘sickening’ text message after he was arrested on Saturday
He also warned anyone who attempts a school shooting: ‘You don’t get to come into one of my schools in my county and present deadly force. Because we meet deadly force with delay force, without one second, without hesitation.
‘If you think you’re going to come and kill a child or a faculty member, think again. We will kill you immediately.’
During Monday’s interview, Marceno also shared that he also holds the fifth-grader’s parents accountable for the threat, as he would with the parents of any child who threatens a massacre.
‘We hold the parents accountable,’ the sheriff argued.
‘When your son or daughter are online don’t just leave them in a room online. We’ve seen juveniles researching on Columbine and how to commit a mass shooting and buy guns on the black market.
‘Nothing is off limits today. I need the parents to be parents, guardians to be guardians and make sure they monitor their children.
‘If we need to get their child help, if they document they have mental illness, we need to get them the help they need to make certain that we’re protecting everyone.’
The 10-year-old’s threat was the second time in a week the same community was rocked by the threat of violence against a school.
A woman on Thursday said she would go to a high school graduation in the area with a bomb strapped to her chest.
Tracy Carter was upset that her child was unable to graduate or attend prom due to disciplinary issues, Cape Coral police said.
Carter said that she would ‘feel bad for the children she would scare but she really needed to be heard. She stated that she didn’t plan to hurt anyone.’
Cape Coral woman Stacy Carter is accused of threatening to scare attendees at a high school graduation with a fake bomb just two days after the events in Uvalde, Texas
The woman added that she wanted to mimic the Denzel Washington movie ‘John Q,’ about a father who holds a hospital emergency room hostage in order to secure a life-saving operation for his child.
A subsequent search of Carter’s home found no bomb making materials.
The threats come after 19 children and two teachers were murdered by an 18-year-old gunman in Uvalde, Texas.
The Department of Justice on Sunday announced a review of the law enforcement response to the initial 911 calls regarding the shooting in Uvalde, amid anger at how long it took for the gunman to be stopped.
DOJ spokesperson Anthony Coley said in a press release: ‘The goal of the review is to provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day.’
Ramos’ rampage in Uvalde carried on for 77 minutes before he was shot and killed by a border patrol agent.
Parents of the students at Robb Elementary School showed up at the school after hearing about the reports of a shooting while the massacre was continuing inside, and begged police to go in, but they refused.