Published: May 07, 2012 5:35 PM EDT
Updated: May 07, 2012 11:11 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- A 13-year-old boy is accused of chasing other children with a machete at Hunters Green and Nuna Avenue in Fort Myers on Friday morning.

Four children from Manatee Elementary reported the incident to the school resource officer. Manatee Elementary shares a campus with Oak Hammock Middle School, where the suspect attends school.

When questioned about the incident, the boy first denied that it ever took place. According to the police report, he later admitted to having a knife and said he was trying the scare the children in defense of his friend.

The victims told officers that the boy held the machete over his head and warned the children not to "mess with" his friend or any Mexicans, or he would "cut their heads off." The victims reported the incident to the bus driver, but the boy was not on the scene when the bus arrived.

The 13-year-old was arrested for Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.