Teen Accused Of Shooting Threat Makes Brief Court Appearance
COLUMBIA, Tenn. – A teenager arrested for posting a threat about going on a shooting rampage like the one in Connecticut was in court for a brief hearing on Monday.
A judge appointed a public defender for 19-year-old Shawn Lenz and set a preliminary hearing for Wednesday.
Lenz was quiet in court, shaking his head yes when a judge asked him if he understood the charges against him. He also told the judge he had no family members present in court.
Lenz allegedly wrote on Facebook that he felt "like goin[sic] on a rampage, kinda like the school shooting were [sic] that one guy killed some teachers and a bunch of students :D."
Shortly after, deputies received calls from people as far away as Georgia saying they saw the post and were concerned. Deputies said they had enough information on Lenz to determine he was a serious threat.
The arrest report noted that, when asked why he posted the comment, Lenz replied, "It was stupid."
Lenz was charged with violation of the act of terrorism law, harassment, and having drug paraphernalia.
Authorities arrested him Sunday and he was held in the Maury County Jail in lieu of $760,000 bond.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)