[Ed. – He later said he was ‘joking.’]
Lakeland High School math teacher Keith Cook allegedly told his students that if he were an active shooter at the school, “he would be the best school shooter because he would plant (improvised explosive devices) … fire a couple of rounds and wait for everyone to hide, then press a button, and boom everyone would die.”
“He said he would have a 1,000-person body count and be a hero,” Lakeland Police Det. Justin Conatser wrote in a petition for a risk protection order filed with the Polk County Clerk of Courts on Monday. Cook, 51, was taken into custody Monday under Florida’s Baker Act and transported to Peace River Center, a mental health facility in Lakeland.
It happened last Friday as students were participating in a lockdown drill, a now-routine procedure to teach students what to do if a gunman is on campus.