Florida student brought a knife to school, had a list of student names, police say

Benjamin Mendoza, 18, was arrested Monday after law enforcement said he brought a knife to school, in addition to a list of classmates names.

(Collier County Sheriff’s Office)

A Florida high school was arrested Monday after law enforcement said he brought a knife to school, in addition to a list of student names.

Benjamin Mendoza, 18, was taken into custody after the Collier County Sheriff’s Office discovered the questionable items in his backpack at Palmetto Ridge High School, the ministry said in a press release.

Mendoza was found to have a “realistic” fake Los Angeles Police department badge in his backpack. The police said that he was also in possession of a list of student names, accompanied by “a drawing of a student with bullet holes on the chest” with the words “dead ha ha death” written.

The man also had a note that said, “shooting at school” and “shoot shoot animaon death,” a map of Palmetto Ridge High School, and a notebook with stories and drawings of pupils as victims and suspects in the murders and other crimes,” according to the sheriff’s office.

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Deputies said they received a tip Friday about Mendoza’s behavior. The person claimed Mendoza had brought a gas mask to school on Thursday, and made comments in the past about the massive shooting in Las Vegas in October.

Witnesses told detectives about the gas-mask, and said that she also saw a knife in Mendoza’s pocket.

Mendoza was charged with possession of a weapon on school and a disruption of a school function, and was booked in the Collier County Jail, according to the Palm Beach Post.

A other Palmetto Ridge High School student on Tuesday was taken into custody after “a disturbing statements on the school bus.” An examination of police and justice found that there was nothing dangerous at the student’s home.

The arrest comes as schools nationwide strengthen the security amid reports of threats from the students.

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