A British man accused of making a Facebook threat that kept nearly 3,000 Warren County students home from school last month will remain in jail for at least another week.
The suspect, Reece Elliott, 24, appeared Thursday in South Tyneside Magistrates Court via live video uplink from the jail where he is being held. According to accounts of the brief appearance, Elliott spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth before being given a March 25 appearance date. It is then he will likely be committed to Newcastle Crown Court for trial. He has been denied bond on two occasions.
He is charged with making online threats for a post which appeared on a memorial page for a Warren County teen last month. In the Facebook post, made under a fake name, the person believed to be Elliott threatened to come to a Warren County school and kill 200 students.
The threat led to absences of nearly 3,000 Warren County students as the absentee rate jumped by 700 percent the next day. Elliott was located and arrested two days after making the post.
It is believed Elliott’s prosecution will be left in the hands of British authorities since England has stricter laws when it comes to making such threats. He has already served over a month behind bars since his arrest.