A SOUTH Shields man has been arrested over online threats to shoot 200 American schoolchildren.
Police are quizzing the 24-year-old after a Facebook post on a memorial page warned of attacks in Warren County, Tennessee.
The man was arrested in South Shields yesterday afternoon on suspicion of threats to kill and was still in custody.
A security alert was sparked Stateside after a post which read: “I’m gonna kill hopefully at least 200 before I kill myself.”
That prompted extra security at schools in Warren County.
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “At 2.12pm on Friday, February 8, 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 it posed any physical threat to any school either here or in America.”
It is not yet known whether any charges over the matter would be brought in England or the US.
Bobby Cox, director of Warren County Schools, said: “We received notice of violent threats directed at Warren County High School late Wednesday evening, February 6.
“We put an action plan together with the local authorities to ensure the safety of our schools and our campuses across the system.
“In the world we live today we can never be too cautious and must take all threats seriously.”