Teen says he was only joking about school threat

Dec 28, 2012 The Associated Press

MISSOULA, Mont. -- A 19-year-old Lolo man has pleaded guilty to posting a threat against a Wyoming school on Facebook, but he says it was joke.

Erik Sven Wengren told Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech Thursday that his cousin, who lives in Gillette, posted about school shootings less than a week after the fatal shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Wengren says he wrote in a joking response that he was going to shoot at his cousin's school.

He told Orzech that it was a terrible choice of words.

The Missoulian reports that Wengren is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 9 on a charge of disorderly conduct, but nothing more serious than that.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 days in jail and a $100 fine.

A gunman shot and killed 26 people at an elementary schooling in Newtown, Conn., earlier this month.

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