18-year-old Lutz faces dire consequences for threatening mass shootings


The FBI said there is often an increase in hoax threats to schools and other public places afterwards mass shooting. Local law enforcement agencies treat these alleged jokes as real threats, and there are serious consequences.

Corey Anderson picked by Hillsborough County The sheriff’s desk at his home in Lutz on Sunday. Investigators said they received information that the 18-year-old posted a photo of himself with what appeared to be a handgun, rifle and tactical vest. The photo captioned: “Hey Siri, directions to the nearest school.”

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Investigators said the firearms turned out to be soft air weapons. Still, Anderson Facing a felony charge With a written threat of mass shootings.

“One mistake can affect your entire life, so think before you make a threat,” Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Kronister said. school threats PSA was published in 2020.

Amend the law of 2018 state Primary law Make writing or making a threat of mass shooting or an act of terrorism a second-degree crime and posting or communicating that threat for others to witness.

“It doesn’t matter if someone says I’m kidding, it doesn’t matter what their intent is,” Pasco County Sheriff Chris Noko said in 2019. “When you do it, when you post it on social media, we committed that crime.”

It is against the law to send a threatening message on social media as a status update, direct message, post, story, video, text message, or even through anonymous game chats or forums. These threats of online violence come with dire consequences even if they turn out to be false alarms.

“Most children nowadays use social media, so they use Snapchat, they use Instagram, they use Facebook,” Saint Petersburg Police Lieutenant Carl Watts said in 2018. And sometimes kids post things, and they mean it as a joke, but we don’t take it as a joke, we take it seriously.”

Anyone convicted of written threats faces up to 15 years in prison or probation, and a fine of up to $10,000.