A British man has been charged with making threats to kill and sending grossly offensive messages after he threatened to kill at least 200 students on Facebook.
The man, 24-year-old Reece Elliot, hails from Fossway, South Shields, South Tyneside – but the threats appeared on a tribute Facebook page for an American girl who was killed in a car crash back in October of 2012.
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.
Of course, threats like this are always taken very seriously, but in light of the recent school shooting in Newtown, officials in the Warren County Tennessee district suspended school for nearly 3,000 students. The school district also beefed up security, putting the local schools in “lockdown” mode.
According to the report, Elliot turned himself in after officials coordinated with the FBI to uncover his true identity. He claimed to be a “troll” who was just trying to get a rise. Authorities say that Elliot used the words “dumpster” and “deputy,” clearly American words, to make the threats seem more credible.
Then again, he did say he was going to be “taking the motor.”
Speaking of people being idiots on Facebook, an Ohio man was sentenced this week to 17 months in prison after making threats about killing police and judges on Facebook. When will people learn?