A Florida man posted pictures of himself suggesting he was heavily armed and going to the “closest school” over the weekend, according to authorities.
Corey Anderson, 18, was arrested at a home in Lutz on Sunday after authorities received a tip earlier in the day that he had made the online threat while posting photos of himself with what appear to be a rifle, a handgun and a Tactical style vest released to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
The photo was accompanied by a caption that read, “Hey Siri, directions to the nearest school,” authorities said.
Subsequent investigation revealed that the pistol and rifle were airsoft guns, firing pellets rather than bullets.
“This type of threat is unacceptable,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement Sunday. “This man deliberately instilled fear in our community as a sick joke, but be warned, this is no laughing matter.”
MPs will go after anyone who makes threats at school, Chronister said.
“Protecting students is our top priority,” the sheriff said. “We take threats of guilt very seriously. If you see anything suspicious, please contact us immediately.”
Anderson von Lutz was charged with threatening a mass shooting or an act of terrorism. His bail was set at $7,500. Anderson was no longer listed as in custody early Monday, prison records show. It is unclear whether he hired a lawyer.
Anderson was taken into custody a day after a 10-year-old Florida boy allegedly texted him threatening to carry out a mass shooting at his school. The Post is withholding the name of the fifth grader at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral because he is a minor.
“This student’s behavior is disgusting, especially after the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas,” Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said in a statement about the boy. “The safety of our children is of the utmost importance.”
The threats came just days after a gunman armed with two AR-15 rifles stormed into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, killing 19 fourth-graders and two teachers. The massacre was the deadliest school shooting since December 2012, when 26 people – including 20 students – were killed at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.
President Biden mourned privately with the families of the Uvalde victims on Sunday and vowed to take action while a crowd of about 100 people chanted “do something” as they exited a church.
“To everyone affected by the horrific shooting at the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school, we mourn with you,” Biden said tweeted Sunday. “We pray with you. We stand by you. And we are committed to turning that pain into action.”
With postal wires
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