Minn. teen's clown post leads to arrest

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Police in Bloomington say they've arrested a 13-year-old boy after a making a school threat on social media.

Police say the teen's post implied violence at Valley View Middle School in Bloomington, though it is not exactly clear when the post was made. Police add the post appears related to the current social media trend involving photos or videos of clowns intending to threaten or scare people.

According to police, school officials were immediately notified and proper safety procedures were taken by the district.

Police say the boy admitted to posting the threat. He remains at Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center pending charges.

Bloomington Police say anyone who posts threats via social media could face criminal consequences.

On Wednesday, Hopkins Police investigated allegations of a clown named Kroacky Klown that was making threats to "kill" on a Facebook page of the same name.

Investigators were able to work with Facebook to identify the suspect, who was identified as a 15-year-old girl from Bloomington.

On Tuesday, a Tampa 12-year-old was charged with a felony after allegedly issuing a threat to kill students at Seven Springs Middle School on a clown-themed social media account.

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