Airsoft guns shoot nonlethal pellets. However, these guns can resemble firearms.
Recently, Corey Anderson, 18, of Lutz, Florida, United States decided to post photos of himself with airsoft guns on social media. In the caption, he wrote, “Hey Siri, directions to the nearest school.”
Anderson did this just days after the death of Salvador Rolando Ramos, 18, of Uvalde, Texas, USA. Before being fatally shot by authorities on May 24, 2022, Ramos opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, fatally shooting fourth grade teachers Irma Garcia, 49, and Eva Mireles, 44, and 19 children aged 7-11.
On May 29, 2022, Anderson was arrested at his home in Lutz. On May 30, 2022, he was released from jail.
Anderson was charged with one count of written or electronic threat to conduct a mass shooting or act of terrorism. If convicted, he could face 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
But what is being reported in the media about Anderson is inaccurate, according to a woman who identified herself as his mother. The woman did not give details about the reports that she claimed to be incorrect.
“Beyond that, there is no comment,” WFLA quoted the woman as saying. “We are getting threats at this time. It’s very scary, very scary.”
“This type of threat is unacceptable,” Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “This man intentionally instilled fear into our community as a sick joke but be warned, this is no laughing matter.”
“We will do everything within our power to apprehend and pursue charges on those who make school-based threats,” Chronister continued. “Protecting students is our greatest priority. We take school threats very seriously, if you see something suspicious, please contact us immediately.”