Facebook schoolchildren death threat man charged

A 24-year-old British man was remanded in custody by magistrates today after he was charged with threatening to kill 200 US schoolchildren.

• Man charged with issuing death threat to 200 US schoolchildren

• Reece Elliott, from South Tyneside, allegedly made remarks on Facebook memorial page

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Reece Elliott appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court for a 30-minute hearing where he also faced a charge of making a malicious communication.

Threatening posts made on a memorial page for a girl who was killed in a Tennessee road accident led to thousands of children being kept off school in the Warren County area of the state on Thursday.

Elliott, of Shrewsbury Terrace, South Tyneside, did not enter pleas to the charges.

Kevin Smallcombe, defending, said Elliott has no passport and no desire to visit Warren County.

Jim Lynch, chairman of the bench, said he would be remanded into custody.