Man arrested for reportedly drawing on child's homework

Robert Paul Alexander Edwards was arrested for reportedly drawing on child's homework (Gulf County Sheriff's Office)

A 33-year-old man was arrested Friday for reportedly drawing a "disturbing" picture on a student's homework assignment, the Gulf County Sheriff's Office said.

Robert Paul Alexander Edwards, of Mexico Beach, is facing multiple charges after staff at Port St. Hoe Elementary School contacted the school resource deputy about the picture, according to the sheriff's office. The drawing showed a school house on fire, a person running from the school on fire and several others standing in a line being shot by an individual.

The drawing also included two people on the ground in what appeared to be a pool of blood. The words, “Pew, Pew, Pew,” were written next to the person with the gun.

An investigation revealed Edwards drew the picture.

“Our country has been affected one too many times with horrific school tragedies. We take matters like this very seriously,” Sheriff Mike Harrison said. Harrison and officials with Gulf District Schools have worked together on this matter.

Edwards was interviewed by investigators, the sheriff's office said. Although the actions in the drawing were taken seriously, there's no reason to believe that Edwards was actually going to carry out the threat.

He is now facing charges of written threat to kill or do bodily injury.

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