13-year-old boy from Mays Landing arrested for 'clown threats' to school

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

WASHINGTON TWP., N.J. (WPVI) -- Police arrested a 13-year-old boy from Mays Landing in connection to "clown threats" made against a local school.

On Monday, the Township of Hamilton Police Department received a report of threats against the William Davies Middle School made on Instagram.

Police say the threats were similar to the recent "clown threats" that have occurred on social media sites over the past week.

After an investigation, the teen was arrested and charged with 3rd degree terroristic threats and 3rd degree causing false public alarm.

The teen was released to his parents pending juvenile court.

This is the latest arrest in a series of "clown threats" to area schools.

Two teens were arrested in connection with making so-called "clown threats" in Washington Township, New Jersey.

A 13-year-old girl, identified only as a Washington Township Public School student, has been charged with one count of cyber harassment in the fourth degree.

The student was charged and released into the custody of her parents.

A 14-year-old boy was also arrested in a separate incident. Police tell Action News his threats were more of a general threat to the public and not to a school.

No charges have been announced in this case.

The arrests came on the same day Philadelphia police say identified another 13-year-old girl who made "clown threats" toward local schools.

According to investigators, the girl told them it was a "prank" committed with a friend at her school, and she never had any intent to harm anyone.

The case was forwarded to the District Attorney's Office, police say, as the investigation continues.