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.