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Reece Elliott threaten to kill American student on internet site Credit: Police handout

A South Shields man who posted threats to massacre 200 American students on Facebook, sparking a huge US security scare, has been sentenced to for two years and 4 months.

Reece Elliott, 24, of Fossway, left messages on a tribute site for a 17-year-old Tennessee girl who was killed in a car accident.

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Full Report: Guilty plea for Facebook threats

A man from South Shields has pleaded guilty to using Facebook to threaten to gun down 200 American school children.

His message led to thousands of children being kept off school.

Reece Eilliott posted the abuse in the months after a high school massacre in America, and it resulted in an FBI manhunt and armed guards in Tennessee's schools.

However, Elliott admitted today that he was the person behind it all.

Watch the full report from Dan Ashby below.

Lunchtime Report: Man pleads guilty to making Facebook threats to kill US children

A man from South Shields has admitted using Facebook to threaten to kill 200 American school children, which led to thousands of people staying off school.

Reece Eilliott posted the abuse on a tribute site for a girl who was killed in a car accident, but did it in the months after a high school massacre in America.

You can watch the lunchtime report from Dan Ashby below.

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Reece Elliott pleads guilty to making facebook threats to kill

A man from South Shields has pleaded guilty to making threats to kill over facebook.

Reece Elliott, from the town, made threats against 200 children in a school in Tennessee, causing thousands of children in the area to miss school.

Father-of-one Reece Elliott, 24, of Fossway, South Shields, South Tyneside, went on a tribute site for a 17-year-old Tennessee girl who was killed in a car accident and left a series of messages under an assumed name.

Sensitivities were heightened in the US following the Newtown shooting which saw 20 children and six adults shot in an elementary school, 3,000 pupils in the Warren County area missed school the next day, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

"My father has three guns. I'm planning on killing him first and putting his body in a dumpster then driving to school and I'm going tokill hopefully at least 200 people all before killing myself."

– One of Reece Elliott's Facebook post

Man facing Facebook threats charges

A South Tyneside man who allegedly posted on Facebook threats to kill 200 people in America will face extra charges, a court has heard.

24-year-old Reece Elliott, from Fossway in South Shields, appeared before magistrates where his case was committed to the crown court.

He was originally charged with making threats to kill and malicious communication after posts were made on a tribute page for a Tennessee girl who died in a car accident.

The day after the comments were made, 3000 children did not attend classes in Warren County and security was increased at schools.

Sarah Guest, prosecuting, said that Elliott will now face five separate charges of making threats to kill and nine charges under the Communications Act - which stem from the same alleged incident, she said.

Elliott was remanded in custody to appear before Newcastle Crown Court on April 19.

Man in court charged over threats to kill hundreds

A 24 year old man has appeared in court charged with making threats to kill hundreds of Americans. Reece Elliot from Shrewsbury Terrace in South Shields is charged with threats to kill towards the residents of Warren County, Tennessee and an offence under the Communications Act of 2003.

It follows anonymous posts on a Facebook memorial site set up in memory of a student at a school in Tennessee last week.

South Shields Magistrates Court heard the residents of Warren County were "extremely concerned" following the posts and 3000 children were kept off school.

Local schools were put in 'lockdown' with armed police attending all schools in the Warren County area. Elliott didn't enter a plea and has been remanded in custody and is due to appear in court on Wednesday 13th February.

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