According to arrest reports, Jimmie Lee Jones, 29, made threats against Palm Beach County schools and students. The man allegedly posted on Facebook that he was “waiting on Tuesday when kids go back to school” when he would, “put Palm Beach County on code red.” Jones, of West Palm Beach, wrote, “I’m gonna take a lot of people with me when I do decide to go through with it.”
He was jailed on Friday in a joint investigation by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office tactical and behavioral services unit and the West Palm Beach Police Department.
Palm Beach County school students return from Spring Break on Tuesday. The entire Facebook posting was not made available. There was no indication of whether or not a specific school was mentioned.
Jones is charged with one count of written threats to kill or do bodily harm. He will have to post a $5,000 bond to be released or undergo under house arrest with electronic monitoring.
“He’s been a little bit depressed lately and I just want the court to take that under consideration.”
Jones’ mother spoke on behalf of her son. She recognized that Jones, who she said works part-time at Subway, has had “a few problems” divulging that he has lived temporarily from house to house. She offered to allow him to live in her West Palm Beach home.
This latest threat comes as South Florida continues to mourn the horrific loss of 17 lives at the hand of a school shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14.
On Saturday, thousands of participants worldwide joined in one of more than 800 March for Our Lives rallies. Palm Beach County’s march was closest to President Donald Trump, who was in his Mar-a-Lago estate for the weekend.