House arrest ordered for East Lyme teen in shooting threat

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A teenager accused of threatening to unleash a “hail of bullets” in East Lyme has been ordered into house arrest, placed on GPS monitoring and banned from social media.

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Eighteen-year-old University of Connecticut student Tyler McKenzie of East Lyme was arraigned on threatening and breach of peace charges Friday in New London Superior Court. He posted $25,000 bail.

Police arrested McKenzie Wednesday, saying he wrote on the social media site Yik Yak that he had been bullied and warned East Lyme to prepare for a “hail of bullets.”

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Police say McKenzie had no weapons and told them he had no plans to carry out the threat.

McKenzie will be allowed to return to UConn when classes resume Jan. 20. UConn officials wouldn’t say if actions will be taken against McKenzie.

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