High school student arrested in Port Charlotte after allegedly drawing pictures depicting violence on a teacher

Updated: Apr. 25, 2019 at 4:31 PM EDT
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SARASOTA (WWSB) - A Port Charlotte High School student was arrested on Wednesday after pictures depicting violence against a teacher he allegedly drew were posted to an Instagram account and observed by the school staff.

Eric Eastman, 18, was removed from school and taken into custody and charged with Sending a Written Threat to Kill after deputies say they determined he was the illustrator of the drawings.

Deputies say that two versions of the drawings were posted to a Port Charlotte High School Instagram account that is not managed by the school staff.

The first version of the drawing displayed a man with a headset on his head and a gun in his right hand that was pointed at another’s man head. The second drawing showed the same illustrations but the guns were switched out for a phone and a referral.

There was a word bubble “Sorry (name redacted) the gaming community will not let you oppress another minority.” The person’s whose name was in the word bubble was a teacher at Port Charlotte High School.

Deputies say their investigation showed Eastman was also in possession of several firearms at his residence. The firearms were taken away by deputies pending the outcome of a Risk Protection Order hearing and Eastman has been trespassed from all county school properties.

The sheriff’s office and school district say they take all threats seriously. If you have any information about a school threat, you can call 941-639-0013 or leave an anonymous tip through the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office app.

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