Deputies: Local Man Threatens to Shoot Up School

By: Lanetra Bennett
August 19, 2014

Gadsden County, FL - A behind schedule school bus ride for a Gadsden County student ends with a ride to jail for the child's father.

Authorities say the man threatened to shoot up an elementary school, which is something school officials say they won't tolerate.

It was the first day of school. That Monday afternoon, deputies say Edward Johnson walked inside of Gadsden Elementary Magnet School, cursed at staff members, and said, "I'll blaze this place."

Gadsden County Schools Superintendent, Reginald James, says, "We stress safety here in our schools. In these days and times when safety is a priority for everybody throughout the nation. If anyone comes onto our campuses and make any threatening remarks to our students and staff, we're going to immediately report that to officers and they're going to be picked up."

Deputies say Johnson turned himself in Tuesday morning and he was taken to the Gadsden County Jail. Authorities say Johnson was upset because the school bus was late dropping his child off from school.

Quincy resident, Beatrice Parks, says, "That didn't give him no reason to do that. I think he should go through with what he got to do to keep him from doing that again. That was wrong. All the other kids, he put other people in danger."

Deputies say Johnson told them he didn't mean the threat.

"We take all threats seriously." Says, Superintendent James.

Johnson was taken into custody. However, deputies say they had to let him go late Tuesday afternoon because the state attorney's office would not sign off on the charge.

We have not heard back from the state attorney's office to find out why.


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