A young person has been arrested after allegedly posting a “Creepy Clown” social media threat that targeted students and teachers at Marysville-area schools.
The post on Instagram from “mozzytheclown” threatened students and teachers at Lindhurst High, Yuba Gardens Intermediate, Ella Elementary, Marysville High/Community Day and Rio Del Oro Elementary schools.
It said that dice would be rolled to determine which of the listed schools would be the site of a shooting.
Schools were placed in what Marysville police said was a “soft lockdown” Thursday night while an investigation was conducted. On Friday morning, police said a juvenile was arrested on a felony charge, according to a posting on the Marysville police Facebook page.
“We would like to reiterate that this type of criminal activity is taken seriously and will be met with serious legal consequences,” said the police department post.
Reports of people in clown masks and costumes across the country are keeping law enforcement officials busy as pictures are posted online and schools receive online threats from so-called “creepy clowns.”
The creepy clown craze caused schools to issue alerts, including in Sacramento County. Elk Grove and Natomas unified school districts earlier this week sent letters to parents informing them of recent Instagram clown posts threatening area campuses.