Detectives have charged a British man in connection with alleged threats to shoot dead 200 children at a US school.
Sky Tyne and Wear reported Northumbria Police arrested Reece Elliott, 24, from South Shields, on Friday on suspicion of making threats to kill.
An anonymous post made on Wednesday on a Facebook memorial page set up for a deceased student threatened a mass killing spree, saying: "I'm gonna kill hopefully at least 200 before I kill myself."
Elliott has been charged with making threats to kill, and was remanded in custody after appearing before South Tyneside Magistrates Court.
He entered no plea, and offered to visit the local police station every day to avoid being remanded in custody.
When magistrates decided against this, he puffed out his cheeks and shook his head.
The prosecuting solicitor had earlier told the court: "I am not so sure this defendant knows just how serious this case is."
Homeland Security in the US was informed of the comments, and the threats led schools in Warren County, Tennessee, to tighten security.
Some reports said as many as 3,000 students did not attend classes the next day.
The post said: "My father has three guns. I'm planning on killing him first and putting him in a dumpster. Then I'm taking the motor and I'm going in fast" "I'm gonna kill hopefully at least 200 before I kill myself." More on this -> http://news.sky.com/...ill-us-students
What a tool, and it looks as if he tried to make them think he was an American, by posting up - dumpster.. Brits don't call them dumpsters, they are called skips..The cretin needs to be made an example of..Posting that is just plain sick
Edited by Beckys_Mom, 09 February 2013 - 12:08 PM.