- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Two Laramie juveniles have been cited for online “clown” threats that prompted extra security to be put in place at the high school and junior high.

Laramie police Lt. Gwen Smith says officers determined the social media posts came from two local youths and apparently were a hoax. The juveniles were cited for breach of peace, a misdemeanor that carries up to a $750 fine. Their names were not released.

School officials say the Laramie Junior High School principal was notified about a clown-related threat at about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday. School district official Stuart Nelson described it as “a general threat” warning people at the junior high to watch out for clowns.

The schools were placed under lockout until about noon.

Police nationwide have been dealing with hoaxes involving threats or reports of violence by people dressed as clowns.

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