Corey Anderson was arrested after threatening on social media to attack a school with guns. Photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office by AP.
Police in the U.S. state of Florida arrested an 18-year-old after receiving that information social media bullying in the practice of a school hunt.
In a photo posted online, Corey Anderson appeared along a pistol, a rifle and a tactical vestin addition to the message: “Hey Siri, directions to the nearest school,” Hillsborough County Police Chief Chad Chronister said in a press release.
Anderson was arrested Sunday at his home near Tampa, accused of threatening written or electronic about the conduct of the hunt or an act of terrorism.
Anderson was booked into prison and later released on bail, according to records. According to the police statement, agents discovered that the weapons in the photograph andcompressed air rail.
The arrest came less than a week after another 18-year-old, Salvador Ramos, entered an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where he killed 19 children and two teachers.
Anderson’s post is similar to what Ramos did on May 24, when he recounted to the networks the steps he took in his bloody assault until he attacked Robb Elementary School.
About half an hour before the shooting, Ramos wrote a private message on the social network Facebook saying he would shoot his grandmother, and a few minutes later he posted another in which he warned that he had already attacked her. The woman was shot in the face, but survived.
And in the third message, published a quarter of an hour before the massacre, he indicated that he was preparing to attack a school.
Eventually, the culprit was killed by authorities approximately 80 minutes after he attended school in a predominantly Latino farming community located between San Antonio and the Mexican border.
“Such threats are unacceptable. The man deliberately planted fear in our community as a sick joke. But let’s be clear: it’s not ridiculous, ’’ Chronister said in his statement.
Police Chief Chronister said his department would “do everything we can” to monitor anyone who threatens schools.
The official said protecting students was his “top priority.” “We take the threats to schools very seriously. If you find anything suspicious, please contact us immediately, ” he added.