Riverdale High student says he was preparing for Rapture, loaded car with guns, ammo

May 25th, 2011 by Staff

www.news-press.com — Michael Boyko feared there was truth to the prediction the world would end Saturday.

So, the 17-year-old from North Fort Myers loaded his Dodge Neon with a trove of weapons, ammunition, bolt cutters and a ski mask, according to a Lee County sheriff’s report. He wanted to protect himself in the event the Rapture happened, he would tell Riverdale High School administrators.

The high school senior’s plan to protect himself went awry when someone saw him with a gun at a school event Saturday and told a teacher. On Monday, school administrators and the school resource officer searched the Neon and found Boyko’s arsenal.

But after hearing Boyko, a senior, was not even required to be at school Monday as a member of Riverdale’s graduating class, Lee deputies continue to investigate what the teen’s true motives might have been, according to Boyko’s arrest report.

“(The situation) left both school administrators and law enforcement with the concern that Michael intended to carry out a school shooting while students were present,” Detective Carolynn Gamez wrote in the report.

Boyko now faces 14 criminal charges, including five each for possessing a firearm on school property and being underage. He remained in custody at the Juvenile Assessment Center on Monday night.

Calls to his father, Greg Boyko, were not returned Monday night.

Lee County School District spokesman Joe Donzelli did not have any information about the case Monday night.

Donzelli said school officials are working with the sheriff’s office, and “I’m sure that’s going to continue.”

On the social networking site Facebook, Boyko lists his interests as “drive (sic) erratically” and “working on cars.” Bud Light, “chasing trophy whitetails” and Christianity are also mentioned on his page.

When Riverdale’s assistant principal first confronted Boyko, she asked him if he had anything at school he shouldn’t have had, the report stated.

“Yes, a lot,” Boyko replied, according to the report.

She asked him to elaborate, and Boyko listed several weapons he said she’d find inside the Neon he parked in the school lot.

When deputies went through the Neon, Boyko’s arrest report said they found three shotguns, one loaded semi-automatic handgun, one loaded revolver, two bayonet-style knives in sheaths, a pair of black gloves, a vodka bottle and a case of Bud Light, along with the bolt cutters, ski mask and ammunition.

Though high-profile cases can make schools seem more dangerous than they are, Sheriff Mike Scott said incidents such as this illustrate the importance of law enforcement’s presence at schools, which usually have no metal detectors to discourage the carrying of weapons.

“The reality is we have upwards of 80,000 and 90,000 students that carry bookbags and lunch boxes that we just hope are textbooks and peanut butter sandwiches,” Scott said.

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