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Man jailed for Facebook shooting threats

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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