A Mexico Beach man was arrested last Friday after drawing a depiction of a violent shooting at a school on his stepchild’s homework.

A Mexico Beach man was arrested last Friday after drawing a depiction of a violent shooting at a school on his stepchild’s homework.

Robert Paul Alexander Edwards, 33, was charged with a written threat to kill or do bodily injury, a second-degree felony.

He is jailed on $150,000 bond.

Edwards is the stepfather of a child enrolled at Port St. Joe Elementary School.

The child turned in a homework assignment last Friday with a drawing at the bottom depicting a school building on fire, a person running from the burning school and several others standing in line being shot by another person.

Two people were drawn on the ground in what appeared to be a pool of blood and the words “Pew, Pew, Pew” are written next to the person with the gun.

School staff, sensing the potential severity of the situation, immediately reported to school and district administrators and law enforcement was notified, according to Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton.

“As always, student safety continues to be of the utmost importance,” Norton said. “This action was perceived as a potential threat and immediate action was the only recourse.

“These matters will never be taken lightly and they may not be simply considered erring on the side of caution.”

Investigation by the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office determined Edwards drew the image, he was taken into custody and interviewed by investigators.

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

Although the actions in the drawing were taken seriously, Harrison said there was no reason to believe Edwards intended to carry out the threat.