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Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014 4:30 am

A Killeen teenager was behind bars Thursday after police said he made violent threats on Twitter.

According to an arrest affidavit, Keshon German Horton, 17, wrote a message on his Twitter account Monday referencing the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

“(Expletive) it, I got a surprise for KHS tomorrow ima just sandy hook elm that hoe not a threat just a fact,” the Tweet read.

The message was detected by the Killeen Police Department, who notified the Killeen Independent School District’s police force.

The threat resulted in the assignment of additional police officers at two high schools, the affidavit stated.

Horton’s father was made aware of the threat, and asked to escort his son to Gateway High School the following day. The teen was searched for weapons and advised of his rights.

Horton was arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of terroristic threat by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on Thursday. Jail records showed he was in custody in Bell County Jail as of Thursday afternoon. His bail was set at $5,000.

Cooke also arraigned Mattland Morgan Mize, 29, on an unrelated felony charge of theft of property in the amount of $1,500 or more, but less than $20,000. Mize’s bail was set at $20,000.

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