Police Arrest Another South Jersey Teen for Clown Threats on Social Media

Another South Jersey teen was arrested for allegedly making clown threats on social media.

On Monday Hamilton Township Police received a report of threats on Instagram being made against William Davies Middle School in Mays Landing. Police say the threats were similar to the recent wave of "clown threats" that have occurred on several social media sites over the past week across the country. 

After an investigation, police arrested a 13-year-old boy from Mays Landing in connection to the threats. The teen is charged with terroristic threats and causing false public alarm. He was released to his parents pending juvenile court.

Burlington Township police and the school district also sent a letter to parents Monday night about clown threat posts circulating on social media, specificically mentioning township schools. Police in Washington Township also said they arrested two teenagers for their involvement in posting similar threats against schools in that township. Both teens were charged with cyber harassment and other crimes, authorities have said. 

In Philadelphia, police said they forwarded information to prosecutors on a case involving similar threats made to specific schools throughout the city on social media over the weekend. In that case, police say a 13-year-old girl admitted to making some of the posts as a "prank" and told them she and a friend also involved had no intent of harming anyone. It's unclear whether the District Attorney's Office will file charges.

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