FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19th, 2018
Contact: Lt. Chris Savary
Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer
(850) 745-7112 / email@example.com
On February 19, 2018, a video deemed to be a threat to Wakulla County Schools was distributed by an unidentified subject via Snapchat, an imaging and multimedia mobile application on social media. The video showed a person’s hands opening a case containing an assault rifle. The video shows the rifle being removed from the case and loaded with a magazine. The rifle is then picked up by the subject and displayed a caption underneath that read, “Don’t go to school.”
At 4:14 p.m., an anonymous complaint was received by the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office regarding the post. Patrol deputies and Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) expeditiously identified the post as originating from Kane Watson, an 18 year old Wakulla County resident. Deputies and Detectives traveled to Mr. Watson’s Crawfordville residence, arriving approximately 45 minutes from the time of the original complaint.
After being mirandized, Mr. Watson admitted to making and sending the video via social media, voluntarily turned over his cellular telephone, and the assault rifle. The telephone and assault rifle were seized. Mr. Watson was arrested and transported to the CID office where he was interviewed further. While being interviewed by CID Detectives, Mr. Watson stated he posted the video as a means to deal with stress through humor.
Detectives charged Mr. Watson with violating the following Florida Statutes and booked him into the Wakulla County Jail:
F.S. 836.10, Written Threats to Kill or do Bodily Injury, a second degree felony.
F.S.790.163, False Report concerning planting a bomb, an explosive, or a weapon of mass destruction, or concerning the use of firearms in a violent manner, a second degree felony.
As a follow-up, CID Detectives have notified the North Florida Fusion eXchange, a collaborative effort between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies working in partnership to share resources, expertise and/or information to better identify, detect, prevent, apprehend, and respond to criminal and terrorist activity utilizing an “all-crimes/all-hazards” approach. This action will inform other law enforcement agencies that become aware of the video that the threat has been neutralized.
Given the prompt arrest of Mr. Watson and considering his post arrest statements, the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office does not know of any further imminent threats to Wakulla County Schools. The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office and the Superintendent of Wakulla County Schools Bobby Pearce have been in constant contact throughout this investigation.