Two Massachusetts teens have been arrested for clown-related incidents connected to local high schools.
The Boston Globe reports a freshman boy at Methuen High School was charged with disrupting a school assembly after he allegedly wore a clown mask and pretended his cell phone was a gun.
In a separate incident, a 17-year-old in Rehoboth was arrested Tuesday after police say he made threats on Twitter that mentioned Dighton-Rehoboth High School. He was charged with threats to commit a crime and making a threat concerning the location of a firearm.
“The arrested juvenile admitted that it was a “prank” attempting to feed off of the current clown frenzy in the area,” police said in a Facebook post. “The Rehoboth Police Department would like to caution anyone considering similar behavior that it will be met with arrest and prosecution.”
The teen, whose name was not disclosed, met bail and was released to his parents, according to police. He will appear in Taunton Juvenile Court.
Several Connecticut teens accused of posting clown hoaxes to social media were also arrested this week.
The first reports of sightings of unusual or unsettling clowns began in August in South Carolina, according to The New York Times. Since then, the frenzy of sightings has spread to multiple states and led to the arrest of 12 people for making false reports, threats, or chasing people.