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British man arrested for Facebook threat
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The British news agency Sky Tyne and Wear is reporting an arrest has been made in connection with a Facebook post that threatened to kill 200 students at a Warren County school.
Northumbria Police arrested British man Reece Elliott, 24, from South Shields on suspicion of making threats to kill on Friday.
An anonymous post made on Wednesday on a Facebook memorial page threatened a mass killing spree, saying: “I’m gonna kill hopefully at least 200 before I kill myself.”
Elliott was being held at South Shields police station and will be questioned by the force’s major incident team. Homeland Security in the U.S. has been informed, the news agency reported.
TBI spokesperson Kristin Helm said Friday afternoon the TBI has yet to be informed of an arrest in connection with the Facebook threat.
“We have contacted Northumbria Police,” Helm told the Standard. “We are waiting to hear back from them.”
The Facebook 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.”
It is not yet known whether any potential prosecution will be brought in England or the U.S., or both.
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: "At 2:12 p.m. on Friday Feb. 8, police received notification that a man had posted threatening information on Facebook. A 24-year-old man from South Shields has been arrested on suspicion of threats to kill and is currently in custody. The message is believed to have been posted on Wednesday. There is nothing to suggest it posed any physical threat to any school either here or in America.”