Florida: Up to 15 years in Prison for a “Pew pew pew” drawing

The following bad drawing may put a man with scary face tatoos and poor grammar who drew it in prison for up to 15 years. Does that sound right? Sure. In Florida, scary face tatoos alone are enough to put a man away for 15 years. Clearly a scary guy, too scary to be out of prison. He wrote the word “Pew” three times and one must wonder, Florida, shouldn’t each “pew” be considered a separate fellony?

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robert-paul-edwardsA Florida man is charged with making a violent written threat after school officials found a rudimentary drawing of a gunman shooting people outside a burning school on a kid’s homework, authorities said.

The man, Robert Paul Alexander Edwards, 33, of Mexico Beach, Fla., was arrested Friday on a charge of making a written threat to kill or do bodily injury, a second-degree felony, Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison said Monday.

Edwards is being held on $150,000 bond pending a Jan. 2 hearing in Gulf County Circuit Court. If he is convicted, he could face as long as 15 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

Harrison said he had no reason to believe that Edwards intended to carry through on the implied threat, which staff found in the homework of a student at Port St. Joe Elementary School in the town of Port St. Joe.

But, he said, “Our country has been affected one too many times with horrific school tragedies. We take matters like this very seriously.”

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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.

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We don’t know all the details, but, while protecting kids is a very serious matter, considering this drawing a credible threat feels like a possible stupid waste of police resources. Why do people assume the worst? Witch hunts piss me off. For all you know the guy had a vision, a bad dream, and with this drawing was trying to warn the kid(s) about potential danger (not from himself) to the school.

How did they get him as the person doing the shooting from this terrible drawing? This could be laughed out of court easily. Imagine this: The defense attorney lines up a bunch of very different looking people including the suspect, all wearing bell bottoms, and has the jury compare them carefully to the stick figure shooter in the drawing. Reasonable doubt? See what I mean. It’s not clear that he is holding a gun at the resolution we can see the drawing and it also seems that the “shooter” in the image is facing away from the kids and looking back over his shoulder.

To me this seems less like a threat and more like a political statement he was making about kid’s attention spans. The words coming from a flaming stick figure fleeing the scene that say, “Ahhh! It boring!” are ignored by everyone.

If he didn’t have those face tatoos, this might have gone another way, but he choose to make himself look scary. The root of it is that he is probably filled with unresolved fear or anger.

So, how many years should a man be put in prison for scary face tatoos? Life? We must think of the children. Our country has been through too much.

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3 Comments

  1. If you look at what the running, burning person is saying, on the right side of the picture where he’s running away from the school building, actually what’s there isn’t “AAAH! It’s boring!” at all — instead, it appears to be “AAAH! It Borns!” I suspect that “Borns!” in this context is the writer’s semi-educated, wrongly capitalized attempt to write “burns!” (Why not ask him, though? And why not see how he writes the word “burns” if he is asked to use it in writing, in a sentence?)
    Let’s hope he can get some education while he’s behind bars.

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    1. It reminds me of the scene in Woody Allen’s Take the Money and Run where he’s not allowed to rob a bank because he spelled the word gun as “gub” on the hold up note.

      I just don’t get intent to commit violent acts from drawing them. I drew war images when I was a kid: tanks, jet fighters, nukes, etc., because I was exposed to them growing up. I never committed an act of war, however.

      I don’t like horror films much, but I have seen plenty of them because I have friends who like them. If everyone who paid to see horror films was guilty of intent to do horror, our prison population would be much increased.

      Perhaps this “pew” guy is a jerk and really hates kids, but I don’t see his drawing as a clear overt threat. It’s may be a hate crime, perhaps, unless he intended it as a warning and had a vision. Prison for a drawing? No. That’s not right. The punishment should fit the crime. He should be banned from touching ink pens for a year and should be given a psych evaluation by someone unbiased. Probably needs counseling. Then again, who doesn’t?

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    2. You are probably right, now that I look at it more, about it saying, “It Borns” but I’m still convinced that while he may have a screw loose, and *might* have had some intent to commit those acts, we can not legitimately and should not ever convict people based on guessing what they might have been thinking. There is a lot of variety in human minds and some people are way outside the norms, but are still not malevolent. When we can read minds with enough certainty that the technology is admissible in a court of law, by that time hopefully the technology will be read/write and we can just reprogram the dysfunctional parts of the brain of a bad actor so the person can get on with working, posting on Facebook and paying taxes.

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