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9 February 2013, 10:14 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
A man from South Shields has been charged with making threats to kill after a post on Facebook said 200 people in the States were in danger.
Reece Elliott has also been charged with making malicious communications.
Northumbria police say safety was stepped up in Tenesee and thousands of pupils told to stay home after the message was seen.
An anonymous post was put up on an online memorial page, set up for a Tennessee student who died in October.
Schools in Warren County tightened security and had limited access to premises earlier this week.