Facebook Threats to Kill Schoolchildren Land Self-Described Troll in JailBy: Josh Wolford - July 9, 2013
Less than three months after admitting to making threats to shoot over 200 schoolchildren, a 24-year-old British man has been sentenced to 28 months in jail.
Back in April, Reece Elliot admitting to making the following comments on Facebook. They appeared on a tribute page for an American girl that was killed in a car crash back in October of last year:
I’m glad the fat bitch is dead. Let’s drink to drink driving. No one gives a shit that she’s dead, get over it. If I was there now I would rape you.
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. So you want to tell the deputy, I’m on my way.
I’m killing 200 people minimum at school. I will be on CNN.
The threats were taken even more seriously than normal considering the timeframe – Elliot made the posts shortly after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut made global headlines. Officials were forced to suspend school for nearly 3,000 students.
When confronted, Elliot claimed that he was just trollin’ – saying those offensive things just to get a rise.
Elliot plead guilty to making a threat to kill as well as eight counts of “sending grossly offensive messages.” This isn’t his first run in with the law – he already has 17 convictions for 28 different offenses, according to the AFP.
Trolling or not, it looks like he’ll have plenty of time to refine his skills in prison.