A British man has been arrested on suspicion of posting a threat on Facebook last week that caused several hundred students in Warren County to stay home from school. Reece Elliott, 24, is accused of making the anonymous post Wednesday that he planned to “kill hopefully at least 200″ students, according to a British news agency. Elliott was detained at the South Shields Police Station and will be questioned by detectives, Sky News reported. Elliot was reportedly arrested Friday. The British press is reporting Elliot appeared in court Saturday, but did not enter a plea. He remains in custody. The Middle Tennessee school district increased security at its schools Thursday as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security joined in working to track down who was responsible for the threat. School officials said they fielded hundreds of calls from concerned parents – many of whom opted to keep their children home from school as a precaution. More than 2,900 students did not attend classes Thursday, which is 43 percent of the county’s students, according to Director of Warren County Schools Bobby Cox. Cox said in addition to more police at the schools, all of the exterior doors were locked and any visitors to the schools were personally escorted inside. There was also an increased police presence at all of the schools Friday. No other details on the investigation have been released, and Tennessee law enforcement have not confirmed any developments in the case.
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