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Mesa police: Two teens arrested in clown threats against schools

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Posted at 5:42 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 12:43:38-04

Police in Mesa have arrested two teens in connecting to recent threats made against schools. 

The Mesa Police Department said last week it was notified about possible threats. The threats were connected to "let's play clown threats," police said.

They were not a viable threat. 

However, investigators were able to identify and charge two juveniles in connection to the clown threats. 

Police said one juvenile was charged with disorderly conduct and threats against a school within the Mesa Public School district. 

Police said a second juvenile was charged with making a false report to police.  

The Mesa Public Schools district released a statement which read in part: 

"Besides the anxiety these threats produce among students, parents and staff, teaching and learning time is being disrupted. Parents, please be aware of your children’s activity on social media. Discourage them from interacting with such posts--do not share, like, or repost. Creating or sharing these posts can result in legal consequences and school discipline."