Teen charged with making Twitter threats capitalizing on 'clown frenzy' - Metro US

Teen charged with making Twitter threats capitalizing on ‘clown frenzy’

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A Massachusetts teenager was arrested Tuesday night on charges accusing him of making threats on Twitter that “feed off of the current clown frenzy,” police said.

Rehobothpolice responded to a call around 6 p.m. from a “concerned parent” regarding threats made on the social media platform which mentioned Dighton Rehoboth High School, according to officials.

Investigators traced the threats to a Twitter account at a home in Rehoboth. A 17-year-old resident there confessed to police about being involved with the threats, officials said.

The teen, whose name wasn’t disclosed by police because of the his age, was charged with threats to commit a crime and making a threat concerning the location of dangerous items. He later posted bail and was released to his parents.

Rehoboth police said that no students or residents were in any actual danger.

“The arrested juvenile admitted that it was a ‘prank,’ attempting to feed off of the current clown frenzy in the area,” police said. “The RehobothPolice Department would like to caution anyone considering similar behavior that it will be met with arrest and prosecution.”

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