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2 girls arrested, accused of making clown-related threats

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Two juvenile girls have been arrested for making clown-related threats using social media in southeastern Wisconsin, copying dozens of similar incidents across the country.

Milwaukee police say investigators tracked a Facebook threat to a teenager in Kewaskum. She’s accused of threatening shootings at five Milwaukee high schools by a person wearing a clown mask.

Kewaskum Police Chief Tom Bishop tells WTMJ-TV the teen was arrested for making terrorist threats. Also, a 12-year-old girl in West Bend was arrested for making clown threats by text messaging.

Other police departments in Wisconsin and other states have received reports of the so-called ‘creepy clown’ threats. Authorities say in most cases, they’re forced to take them seriously as a potential threat to public safety, particularly at schools.


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