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Columbia teen to undergo mental evaluation after threat

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A Columbia teen charged with terrorism will now undergo a mental evaluation after posting a message on his Facebook page threatening a shooting rampage similar to the one in Connecticut.

Shawn Lenz, 19, appeared in court Wednesday with a public defender.  The case now goes before a grand jury.

He is charged with terrorism, harassment through the internet and possession of drug paraphernalia after he allegedly posted the threat on Facebook Sunday morning, writing: "feel like going on a rampage, kinda like the shooting where that one guy killed some teachers and a bunch of students."

His bond was set at $760,000 after his arrest.

Maury County authorities learned about the threat after several concerned people called 911.

"In view of the events that have been going on recently all over the U.S., we have to take them all seriously," said Lt. Mike Diaz, with the Maury County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies arrested Lenz at his Columbia home around 11 a.m. Sunday, where they also retrieved a rifle and a shotgun.

Lenz' sister, Courtney Lenz, said her brother is bipolar and the rant was just a cry for help.

"He could never hurt anybody. He was just angry and wanted to take his anger out on Facebook. That's all it was," she said.

However, authorities said they weren't buying it.

"Tomorrow's a school day. He wasn't in school, but that's not going to stop anybody, so we were extremely lucky this time," explained Lt. Diaz.

Police said this isn't the first time the 19-year-old has been in trouble with the law.

Back in July, Shawn Lenz was charged with aggravated assault after allegedly cutting his father's leg with a saw. His sister says it was a misunderstanding.

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