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Teen charged with making terroristic threat against Springville High

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Posted at 12:00 PM, May 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-28 14:00:40-04

SPRINGVILLE, Utah — A teenager was formally charged with making a terroristic threat, Friday, after he allegedly made several posts online referencing an AK-47, Springville High School and Columbine High School, earlier this month.

Marcus Swendsen, 18, was charged with a threat of terrorism, a second-degree felony. The charge stems from tweets posted on May 19 at 11:08 p.m. from his Twitter account, according to court documents.

Court documents state that Swendsen, a former Springville High student and current Landmark High student, posted a tweet, which stated: “Catch me @SHS tomorrow with an AK-47.”

The tweet was followed by a picture with a skull.

Additional tweets on Swendsen’s page made reference to a deadly school shooting at Columbine High School.

“School administration believed there was an eminent threat to Springville High School and contacted police,” according to court documents.

On May 20, Springville police made contact with Swendsen at his home in Springville. The teen admitted to creating the post the previous evening, court documents indicate.

Swendsen will appear in court for an initial appearance on May 31.

The teen has since been released from jail but he is not to enter the properties of any elementary, middle, junior high or high schools in Utah.