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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