Man booked for making terroristic threats due to tweets about Springville High School

Posted at 2:47 PM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-20 17:07:40-04

SPRINGVILLE, Utah — A man was booked into jail on a charge of making a terroristic threat Friday after he allegedly made several posts online referencing an AK-47, Springville High School and Columbine High School.

According to a press release from the Springville Department of Public Safety, 18-year-old Marcus Swendsen was arrested, “after he posted on Twitter that people could meet him at Springville High School with an AK-47.”

School officials told authorities they contacted a school resource officer as soon as they became aware of the threatening post, which they said was followed up by second post depicting a skull. Swendsen is a former student at the school.

Police went to the man’s home and spoke with him, and officers who responded said the man had made other posts referencing Columbine High School. No weapons were found in the home, and the suspect told police he doesn’t actually own an AK-47. He told police his motive for the tweets was “to stir things up”, according to the press release.

Swendsen was booked into the Utah County Jail on a charge of making terroristic threats.