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UK man jailed over Tenn. school threat on Facebook

July 9th, 2013 10:48 am by Associated Press

UK man jailed over Tenn. school threat on Facebook

LONDON (AP) — A British man has been sentenced to more than two years in jail for threatening to kill 200 people in a Facebook posting that caused thousands of Tennessee children to stay home from school.

Reece Elliott from South Shields in northeast England pleaded guilty in April to making malicious comments.

The online posting threatening gun violence was made anonymously in February on a memorial page set up for a Tennessee student who had died. The threat led to 2,900 children missing class in Warren County amid heightened tensions following the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which killed 26 people.

Judge James Goss sentenced 24-year-old Elliott on Tuesday to two years and four months in prison, telling Elliott the offensive comments were driven by "no more than self-indulgent nastiness."

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