Charge Dropped in School Threat Case

Robert Edwards Release with Drawing_1517261173300.jpg.jpg

The felony charge against a man who allegedly drew a school shooting on his child’s homework was dropped last week. 

In December, Robert Paul Alexander Edwards, of Mexico Beach, was charged with making terroristic threats after school officials spotted a graphic stick figure drawing and traced it back to him. The drawing showed a school on fire, people being shot near the school and another person running while on fire. 

Prosecutors filed a no information in the case last week. In the filing, prosecutors wrote that a recent decision by a Florida appellate court held that a generalized threat to do violence at a school, no matter how disturbing or alarming to responsible officials, is not within the purview of Florida law.

That ruling, from J.A.W. vs. State of Florida, the defendant, a juvenile, successfully argued that the comments he made on Twitter were not meant to be taken seriously and were not directed at a specific individual. Since the threats were on a twitter account and were not directed at a staff member or other individuals at the school the case against J.A.W. was reversed and the charges were dropped. 

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Local News Video

Locals react to Johnson & Johnson vaccine news

Panama City Weather Forecast 4-14-2021

panama city beach crosswalk plan

DeFuniak Springs officials are preparing for major growth within the next 5 years

PCB Human Chain Rescue

President Biden announces plan to withdraw remaining troops from Afghanistan

More Local News

Don't Miss