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Florida student charged as adult for threatening to shoot up school, target principal


Olivia Hitchcock
The Palm Beach Post
PALM BEACH GARDENS – The 17-year-old student accused of threatening to shoot up William T. Dwyer High School last month is being charged as an adult, court records show.

Anthony L. Roberson of Riviera Beach was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail late Tuesday, nearly two weeks after sheriff’s authorities arrested him on charges of possession of a weapon on school property, using a communication device to assist in a crime and making a false report to a law-enforcement officer.

Roberson reportedly posted photos on his Instagram account, HITTMAN_ANT, of himself with a gun in the parking lot of the Palm Beach Gardens school, according to a tip that came in through Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

Sheriff’s authorities watched an Instagram Live video March 6 in which Roberson appeared with a female who said, “I’m going to tell the teachers and the school you got a gun.”

Roberson replied, “I got it with me every day,” then flashed the gun in front of the camera, records state.

The female said: “Me and my white friends are scared,” to which Roberson replied, “You don’t have to worry. I’m going to shoot Mr. D first.” Authorities pieced together that “Mr. D” likely meant the Dwyer principal, Joe Depasquale.

On March 7, the sheriff’s SWAT team searched Roberson’s Riviera Beach home. They found a gun hidden in the kitchen under the water heater. It was reported stolen out of Cocoa Beach.

Authorities arrested Roberson. The teen told authorities “he was only kidding when he made the threats,” the sheriff’s office said.

Roberson is expected to make his first appearance before a judge on the adult charges Thursday morning.

Dwyer, at Donald Ross Road and Military Trail, has dealt with several gun incidents since the beginning of the school year.

Last week a student was arrested after an officer smelled marijuana coming from a car. The officer searched the car and found drugs and a gun.

A student found a loaded gun in the cabinet of a classroom on Jan. 26. No one was immediately arrested.

Another Dwyer student was arrested by Riviera Beach police Oct. 10 after he was found carrying a handgun on a school bus. The 16-year-old faced a charge of possession of a weapon.

Staff writer Julius Whigham II contributed to this story.


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