- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

PUYALLUP, Wash. (AP) - A teen has been arrested south of Seattle for felony harassment and false reporting after authorities say a series of joking clown threats got out of control.

The News Tribune reports (https://goo.gl/gXnbgW ) a 17-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office says threatening text messages were sent to fellow students along with the teen making a false report to authorities of “clown hunting” and a stabbing. Deputies responded but found no victim.

Three female students called 911 Monday to report receiving text messages from someone identifying as a clown making threats to kill specific students during lunchtime.

The department did not say how they determined the boy was responsible for the incidents.

The boy was booked into a juvenile detention center.

Clown threats have popped up in schools across the country.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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