Reece Elliott in court over threats to kill US children

A British man has appeared in court charged with threatening to kill 200 American schoolchildren.

Reece Elliott, 24, from South Shields, is alleged to have made the threat on Wednesday on a Facebook memorial to a Tennessee girl killed in a road crash.

A Facebook comment reportedly led to 3,000 children missing school in the Warren County area on Thursday.

Mr Elliott, of Shrewsbury Terrace, did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody by South Tyneside magistrates.

During the 30 minute hearing in South Shields, Mr Elliott also faced a charge of making a malicious communication.

Northumbria Police said it was working with authorities in the United States and seeking advice as to who had jurisdiction in the incident.

Mr Elliott is due to appear before magistrates again on Wednesday.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Tyne & Wear


Newcastle upon Tyne

4 °C 1 °C


Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.