Benjamin Mendoza

Florida teen brings knife, ‘dead ha ha dead’ hit list to school: Police

A Florida teen was is accused of bringing a knife to school along with a list of students’ names with the caption “dead ha ha dead.”

The Sun-Sentinel report that Benjamin Mendoza, 18, a student at Palmetto Ridge High School in Naples, was arrested Monday after police received a tip Friday that Mendoza had brought a gas mask to school a day earlier and made unsettling comments about the Las Vegas shooting.

In Mendoza’s backpack, detectives said the also found a “realistic looking” Los Angeles Police Department badge, a map of the school, a small notebook “depicting students as victims and suspects in murders and other crimes,” a note saying “shoot up school” and “school shoot animae (cq) dead, and a list of students’ names. The list of names included the caption “dead ha ha dead” and a drawing of a student with bullet holes to the chest and head, according to the Naples Daily News.

The Palm Beach Post reported that Mendoza was booked into Collier County Jail on charges of possession of a weapon on school property and interfering/disrupting school administration functions.

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Posted by Collier County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

[Featured Image: Benjamin Mendoza/Collier County Sheriff’s Office]