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A 22-year-old Tampa man is undergoing psychiatric evaluation after threatening to stab students and staff at Bellamy Elementary School with a kitchen knife, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies say.
Crystal Clark, chief communications officer for HCSO, released a statement saying the man “disliked the school because the exterior is painted like an American flag and he had negative views of patriotism toward the United States.”
Bellamy Elementary School is named after Francis Bellamy, who authored the Pledge of Allegiance in 1882 and spent seven years living in the Tampa area.
The man has not been charged with a crime and remains unidentified as he undergoes evaluation; deputies say he has a history of mental illness. Deputies say the man told his roommate Monday morning of his intentions to get inside the school with a kitchen knife.
According to WFLA, deputies responded to the man’s home and did not find evidence leading to a credible threat.
Clark told WFLA, “An investigation is ongoing and charges could follow. However, there is currently no safety threat for students, parents or staff of Bellamy Elementary.”