Threat suspect pleads not guilty

Austin Lee Bowlin charged with written threats

Published On: Jan 30 2013 05:05:21 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 29 2013 05:33:50 PM EST

A teenager accused of tweeting threats to open fire at his school entered a plea of not guilty.

Austin Lee Bowlin was charged with one count of written threats on Tuesday.

According to an arrest affidavit, Bowlin sent out several tweets after an announcement was made by the principal at Miami Lakes Educational Center on Dec. 17, including writing:

But Bowlin said his words weren't meant to be taken literally. He told police the tweets were his reaction to the principal's announcement regarding the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.