Brevard County Students Accused of Plotting School Shooting


Brevard County School District

Andrew Jackson Middle School’s campus sign.

Brendan Guillen, Reporter

On March 13, 2019 two students of Andrew Jackson Middle School in Titusville, Florida ages 13 and 14 were accused of planning a school shooting.

The investigation began on February 21, when notes detailing the plan were discovered in the school’s bathroom. According to Matt Reed, Brevard Public Schools assistant superintendent, the students had “written notes, signed their names on them and had them delivered to the administration saying that they were going to carry out a school shooting.”

Police uncovered a map of the building with each wing labeled from one to six, along with a drawing of the school building, labeled “AJMS” and the word “kaboom” beside it.

During the lockdown that ensued, the students named in the plan were not on campus and were found in a home less than a mile away. According to the 13-year-old, the number of the wings corresponded with the order in which those within would be shot. The 14-year-old admitted to writing the note and leaving school grounds, though claimed the idea was his accomplice’s. He also stated that he did not have a gun or know how to obtain one.

Anthony Davis, a parent of another student at the school, was glad that police reacted when they did, however also commented “It’s just sad that kids are getting to that point…”

Both boys are being charged with written threats to kill and disruption of school function.