A Florida high school student has been charged as an adult after he allegedly appeared in an Instagram video with a gun outside his school, threatening to shoot the principal.
Anthony Roberson, of Riviera Beach, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Tuesday on counts of possession of a gun on school property, using a communication device to assist in a crime and making a false report to a law-enforcement officer.
His bond was set at $115,000.
High schooler charged: Anthony Roberson (left and right), 17, has been arrested for allegedly bringing a gun to his Florida high school and threatening to shoot the principal
Roberson was said to have bragged in an Instagram Live video that he brings a gun to Willaim T. Dwyer High School every day
The investigation into Roberson was launched in early March after a tip came in accusing the student of posting photos of his Instagram account, @Hittman_Ant, showing him brandishing a gun in the parking lot of William T. Dwyer High School.
On March 6, deputies watched a live online video in which a gun-toting Roberson appeared with a young woman who told him, ‘I’m going to tell the teachers and the school you got a gun.’
The suspect said in response that he brings it with him every day, as Palm Beach Post first reported.
Roberson also allegedly threatened to shoot ‘Mr D,’ likely meaning Principal Joe DePasquale (left). The teen later claimed he was only kidding
When the girl tells Roberson that she and her ‘white friends’ are scared, he reassures her that she needs not worry, adding ‘I’m going to shoot Mr D first,’ which authorities inferred to be a threat against Principal Joe DePasquale.
The next day, a SWAT team arrived at Roberson’s apartment on Avenue J to execute a search warrant and found a gun stashed under the water heater in the kitchen.
The firearm had been reported stolen in Cocoa Beach.
When questioned about the threat against the school principal, Roberson said he ‘was only kidding.’ He allegedly confessed that the gun recovered from his home was the same firearm seen in the video.
If Roberson is able to post bond, he will remain under house arrest after his release.