Facebook posting prompts US Department of Homeland Security to respond

A NORTH-East man has been arrested by police investigating alleged threats to 200 children at schools in the USA.

Northumbria Police detained a 24-year-old man from South Shields today (Friday, February 8) on suspicion of threats to kill after an anonymous post was made on a Facebook memorial page.

The posting threatened a mass killing spree at schools in Warren County, Tennessee, stating: "I'm gonna kill at least 200 before I kill myself."

Following the post, anti-terrorist teams were sent to guard all schools in the area and nearly 3,000 pupils were kept away.

The man is being held at South Shields police station and is expected to be questioned by the forces Major Incident Team.

The incident apparently led to the Department of Homeland Security being informed.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations Cyber Crime operatives are working on the case.

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said tonight: "At 2.12pm today, police received notification that a man had posted threatening information on Facebook. A 24-year-old man from South Shields has been arrested on suspicion of threats to kill and is currently in custody.

"The message is believed to have been posted on Wednesday.

"There is nothing to suggest he posed any physical threat to any schools either here or in America.

"We are currently seeking advice with regards as to who has jurisdiction into this incident."

Bobby Cox, director of Warren County Schools, Tennessee, updated parents on Facebook, telling them: "We received notice of violent threats directed at Warren County High School late Wednesday evening.

"We put an action plan together with the local authorities to ensure the safety of our schools and our campuses across the system.

"We wanted to make sure that we had all the facts before we sent a mass message out via our calling system to you.

"Currently the Sheriff's Department is working with the TBI and Homeland Security to trace down the person who posted the message."

Security was being increased at schools and access was to be limited, Mr Cox said.

"In the world we live in we can never be too cautious and must take all threats seriously," he said.

Kirstin Helm, of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said the agency was unaware of any arrest

"Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are working with Facebook to try and identify the individual who posted the threat," she said.
"So far, we have not identified anyone."

Gunman Adam Lanza killed 27 pupils and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut, in December.

The tragedy caused revulsion in the US and around the world.

The memorial page was set up for a local student who died in October, a Tennessee newspaper said.
Someone wrote on it using a false name.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press said police were posted to 11 schools in the local area.

Mr Cox told the newspaper: "It's sad that it kept kids home from school when they should be learning and having the best days of their life."

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10:28pm Fri 8 Feb 13

one_and_one_still_make_two says...

QUOTE: "There is nothing to suggest he posed any physical threat to any schools either here or in America."

Then are they going to charge him with wasting police time by posting a peurile remark on a website? If they did that, there would be millions more ready to be locked up in South Shields.

The guy is obviously either brainless or retarded.

There was a case a few weeks ago in the USA where a five-yeaqr-old was threatened with arrest and being branded a terrorist for play-shooting a class mate.

Let's try and get a bit of perpective into our daily lives.
QUOTE: "There is nothing to suggest he posed any physical threat to any schools either here or in America." Then are they going to charge him with wasting police time by posting a peurile remark on a website? If they did that, there would be millions more ready to be locked up in South Shields. The guy is obviously either brainless or retarded. There was a case a few weeks ago in the USA where a five-yeaqr-old was threatened with arrest and being branded a terrorist for play-shooting a class mate. Let's try and get a bit of perpective into our daily lives. one_and_one_still_make_two
  • Score: 1

6:28am Sat 9 Feb 13

greenfinger says...

i cannot stand americans! what a bunch of idiots they really are. They've got one of the worst crime rates anywhere in the world, terrible guns laws and they want to trawl the internet for futile remarks. Why don't they sort their own out before continuously poking their noses into our country. no doubt they'll want him extradited to face some hideous trumped up charge! get a grip you effing buffoons! Is it any wonder the entire world has a grudge against them and does lead to some people wanting to plot the demise? it's like a five year old is charge of things over there!

Ans as regards as to who has jurisdiction into this incident. it was said on uk soil, distributed on a uk server so why don't Northumbria Police grow some balls at nip this in the bud asap. then any crime that had been committed would have been dealt with and the law wouldn't allow another prosecution to take place!
i cannot stand americans! what a bunch of idiots they really are. They've got one of the worst crime rates anywhere in the world, terrible guns laws and they want to trawl the internet for futile remarks. Why don't they sort their own out before continuously poking their noses into our country. no doubt they'll want him extradited to face some hideous trumped up charge! get a grip you effing buffoons! Is it any wonder the entire world has a grudge against them and does lead to some people wanting to plot the demise? it's like a five year old is charge of things over there! Ans as regards as to who has jurisdiction into this incident. it was said on uk soil, distributed on a uk server so why don't Northumbria Police grow some balls at nip this in the bud asap. then any crime that had been committed would have been dealt with and the law wouldn't allow another prosecution to take place! greenfinger
  • Score: -6

5:48pm Sat 9 Feb 13

justsayingso says...

What a muppett you are greenfinger. they didnt "trawl" looking for threats at all you idiot, he made the threats on memorial page for a murdered student!!! Are you also saying no brit has ever entered the US with the intention of committing a heinous crime??
What a muppett you are greenfinger. they didnt "trawl" looking for threats at all you idiot, he made the threats on memorial page for a murdered student!!! Are you also saying no brit has ever entered the US with the intention of committing a heinous crime?? justsayingso
  • Score: 7

6:50pm Sat 9 Feb 13

judygone says...

This idiot should be sent to the us , to be dealt with by their courts. Then he will get the proper sentence he deserves , not the crap they dish out on the uk.
This idiot should be sent to the us , to be dealt with by their courts. Then he will get the proper sentence he deserves , not the crap they dish out on the uk. judygone
  • Score: 5

7:00pm Sat 9 Feb 13

gavshaw62 says...

what a joke this countries judicial system is this guy post a threat which he could never commit and what happens surprise surprise because its got something to do with america he gets remanded in custody. Yet we have murderers and rapists roaming our streets while on bail whats going on.
what a joke this countries judicial system is this guy post a threat which he could never commit and what happens surprise surprise because its got something to do with america he gets remanded in custody. Yet we have murderers and rapists roaming our streets while on bail whats going on. gavshaw62
  • Score: -5

7:08pm Sat 9 Feb 13

justsayingso says...

gavshaw62 wrote:
what a joke this countries judicial system is this guy post a threat which he could never commit and what happens surprise surprise because its got something to do with america he gets remanded in custody. Yet we have murderers and rapists roaming our streets while on bail whats going on.
Oh I see gavshaw, maybe the Police should have come to confirm with you this before they arrested him?
[quote][p][bold]gavshaw62[/bold] wrote: what a joke this countries judicial system is this guy post a threat which he could never commit and what happens surprise surprise because its got something to do with america he gets remanded in custody. Yet we have murderers and rapists roaming our streets while on bail whats going on.[/p][/quote]Oh I see gavshaw, maybe the Police should have come to confirm with you this before they arrested him? justsayingso
  • Score: 3

8:45pm Sat 9 Feb 13

hottopic says...

"advice on jurisdiction".......
............

South Sheilds.. thats the north east if England, UK. NOT New England, USA.

Give the lad a public disorder fine, I think he would have learnt his lesson!
"advice on jurisdiction"....... ............ South Sheilds.. thats the north east if England, UK. NOT New England, USA. Give the lad a public disorder fine, I think he would have learnt his lesson! hottopic
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10:08pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Kilma- says...

slight over-reaction i think
slight over-reaction i think Kilma-
  • Score: -4

10:44pm Sat 9 Feb 13

IanfromCrook says...

If the memorial page were in the UK I wonder if the respondents would be so forgiving. Threats to kill are threats to kill................
............prosecut
ed in UK. Nothing short of a short prison sentence. Although I take Gavshaw62 s point about the poor sentencing in the UK. Personally zero tolerance with starting sentences being something like the ones dished out on the rioters.

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If the memorial page were in the UK I wonder if the respondents would be so forgiving. Threats to kill are threats to kill................ ............prosecut ed in UK. Nothing short of a short prison sentence. Although I take Gavshaw62 s point about the poor sentencing in the UK. Personally zero tolerance with starting sentences being something like the ones dished out on the rioters. . IanfromCrook
  • Score: 2

7:38am Sun 10 Feb 13

greenfinger says...

justsayingso wrote:
What a muppett you are greenfinger. they didnt "trawl" looking for threats at all you idiot, he made the threats on memorial page for a murdered student!!! Are you also saying no brit has ever entered the US with the intention of committing a heinous crime??
bite bite bite lol. he's should've just left an insulting remark on the page. a bit like you just have. now FO back under whatever stone you've crawled from.
[quote][p][bold]justsayingso[/bold] wrote: What a muppett you are greenfinger. they didnt "trawl" looking for threats at all you idiot, he made the threats on memorial page for a murdered student!!! Are you also saying no brit has ever entered the US with the intention of committing a heinous crime??[/p][/quote]bite bite bite lol. he's should've just left an insulting remark on the page. a bit like you just have. now FO back under whatever stone you've crawled from. greenfinger
  • Score: -7

11:41am Sun 10 Feb 13

justsayingso says...

Carry on making yourself look stupid Greenfrigger, you do a very good job lad :-)
Carry on making yourself look stupid Greenfrigger, you do a very good job lad :-) justsayingso
  • Score: 7

11:43am Sun 10 Feb 13

justsayingso says...

judygone wrote:
This idiot should be sent to the us , to be dealt with by their courts. Then he will get the proper sentence he deserves , not the crap they dish out on the uk.
I agree Judygone, its a shame some on here don't actually research the story before spouting anti-us garbage, having said that they are a great source of amusement :-)
[quote][p][bold]judygone[/bold] wrote: This idiot should be sent to the us , to be dealt with by their courts. Then he will get the proper sentence he deserves , not the crap they dish out on the uk.[/p][/quote]I agree Judygone, its a shame some on here don't actually research the story before spouting anti-us garbage, having said that they are a great source of amusement :-) justsayingso
  • Score: 1

4:10pm Fri 15 Feb 13

the-big-yin says...

The Yanks should keep out of our affairs.
If the lad has committed any offence ( which i don-t think he has ) then he should be dealt with by or courts.
Why the hell is he still on remand?
If any Yank did this there would be nothing done about it.
I guess they will want him extraditing to give him 100 years in jail.
how many other comments were put on that page, with nothing being done about it.
The amount of people who write threats on that crappy facebook and get away with it passes any made by this daft lad.
He should not be on remand for this.
It is our weak willed con / dem government that sucks up to Americans every time they want someone on trumped up charges.
The Yanks should keep out of our affairs. If the lad has committed any offence ( which i don-t think he has ) then he should be dealt with by or courts. Why the hell is he still on remand? If any Yank did this there would be nothing done about it. I guess they will want him extraditing to give him 100 years in jail. how many other comments were put on that page, with nothing being done about it. The amount of people who write threats on that crappy facebook and get away with it passes any made by this daft lad. He should not be on remand for this. It is our weak willed con / dem government that sucks up to Americans every time they want someone on trumped up charges. the-big-yin
  • Score: -1

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