16-year-old girl arrested for clown threat at River Oaks school

A 16-year-old girl was arrested Tuesday after confessing her connection to a clown threat at a high school west of Fort Worth.

Police in the town of River Oaks said the girl made up a fake Twitter account to scare her friend, but that friend sent it along and the threat was seen by police and Castleberry High School authorities.

“The 16-year-old girl’s parents escorted the girl to school and she confessed to school officials,” River Oaks PD said.

The girl, who was not identified, will be charged in the juvenile system, police said.

Tuesday’s arrest comes in the wake of several reports of “creepy clown” sightings across North Texas. A man in Plano told WFAA of an alleged clown sighting near a creek there last week.

Monday, the Dallas Independent School District confirmed an investigation with police was underway into alleged sightings.

Reports of clown sightings have come to police in cities such as Garland, Fort Worth and Richardson, but officers have not located any clowns.

A 14-year-old Houston student was charged with making a terroristic threat Monday after allegedly threatening "to shoot up an HISD school with his clown friends" on social media using the image of a clown.

North Texas police departments have said they would investigate reports of clown sightings. Tuesday morning, Keller Police tweeted about hoax clown reports made by “pranksters.” The department also warned that certain threats can be prosecuted as felonies and that such threats could turn dangerous.

“Many Texans carry firearms,” Keller PD wrote in a note posted to social media. “We would hate to see any tragedies come from an early Halloween joke.”

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