A Florida man posted photos of himself indicating he was heavily armed and drove to “the nearest school,” according to authorities over the weekend.
Cory Anderson, 18, was arrested Sunday at a home in Lutz after authorities received a tip earlier in the day that he made a threat online while posting pictures of himself with what appeared to be a rifle, pistol and tactical jacket, According 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.
A later investigation determined that the pistol and rifle were plastic rifles that fired pellets instead of bullets.
“This kind of threat is unacceptable,” Sheriff Chad Kronister said in a statement Sunday. “This guy intentionally sowed fear in our society as an ironic joke, but be warned this is no laughing matter.”
Kronister said lawmakers will follow up on anyone who makes threats at the school.
“Protecting students is our top priority,” Al-Sharif said. “We take threats to the school very seriously. If you see something suspicious, please contact us immediately.”
Anderson of Lutz was charged with threatening mass shooting or an act of terrorism. His bond was set at $7,500. Prison records show Anderson was no longer listed in custody early Monday. It is not clear if he has appointed a lawyer.
Anderson was arrested the day after a 10-year-old boy from Florida was arrested He allegedly threatened in text messages to carry out mass shootings in his school. The Post has withheld 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 Ovaldi, Texas,” Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marcino said in a statement regarding the young boy. “Ensuring the safety of our children is paramount.”
The threats came just days after a gunman stormed Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi, Texas, with a pair of AR-15 rifles and a 19 fourth graders and two teachers were killed in Tuesday. The massacre was the deadliest school shooting since the killing of 26 people – including 20 students – at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December 2012.
President Biden grieved particularly for the families of Uvald’s victims on Sunday as he vowed to take action amid chants of “Do something” by a crowd of about 100 as he left church.
“To everyone affected by the horrific shooting at an elementary school in Ovaldi, Texas: We grieve for you,” Biden chirp Sunday. “We pray with you. We stand with you. We are committed to turning this pain into action.”