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.
A South Tyneside man has been charged with threatening to kill after allegedly posting on Facebook he would kill 200 Americans.
Reece Elliott, 24, from South Shields, has also been charged with making malicious communications, Northumbria Police said.
According to reports, the post was made anonymously on an online memorial page, set up for a Tennessee student who died in October.
That led schools in Warren County, Tennessee, to tighten security, with limited access to premises.
A man from South Shields has been arrested in connection with alleged threats to shoot 200 schoolchildren in America.
It follows an anonymous post on a memorial page on Facebook on Wednesday 6th February.
Northumbria Police have confirmed a 24-year-old man has been arrested on Friday on suspicion of making threats to kill and is currently in custody.
A spokesperson for the force also said there is currently nothing to suggest he posed any physical threat to schools in the UK or in America.