A Florida man who reportedly hates America allegedly threatened to stab children at an elementary school because the building was painted to look like an American flag.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office issued a bulletin on Monday warning deputies of the alleged threat, Fox 13 reported. According to the document, which was seen by Fox 13, 22-year-old Andrew Aman hates America.
Aman allegedly threatened to “stab as many children as possible” at Bellamy Elementary School because he was enraged by the school’s “obnoxious pride in America,” as demonstrated by a large American flag mural on the building.
Crystal Clark, chief communications officer for the sheriff’s office, said that Aman told his roommate Monday morning he planned to stab students and staff at the school using a kitchen knife.
“He disliked the school because the exterior of the building is painted like an American flag and he has negative views of patriotism towards the United States,” Clark said in a statement, according to NBC affiliate WFLA.
According to Fox 13, Aman apparently changed his mind about carrying out the plan after encountering his roommate. Aman’s roommate contacted authorities, who searched the home and found no firearms.
Aman, who has a history of severe mental illness, has been taken into custody.
Hillsborough County officials said they are investigating but there is currently no safety threat at Bellamy, WFLA reported. Officials said charges against Aman could still follow.
Andrew Aman and the American debate over patriotism, the flag
In recent years, protests by several high-profile sports figures have thrust a debate regarding deference to the American flag and national anthem into the mainstream consciousness.
Conservatives have taken issue with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest injustice against minorities.
Since Kaepernick first sat down during the anthem in August 2016, other athletes have followed suit.
Many on the right have criticized such gestures as un-American. In a broader sense, some conservatives accuse liberals of being less patriotic.