Girl, 16, charged in clown threat hoax against schools

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says a 16-year-old girl posed online as a clown to make false threats of violence against several schools in the Hagerstown area.

Spokeswoman Carly Hose said in a statement Tuesday that the girl lives in Westminster, about 60 miles away from Hagerstown, but that she ties to Washington County.

She says the girl is charged as a juvenile with electronic mail harassment involving a minor, disturbing school operations and threat of mass violence.

Police nationwide have been dealing with hoaxes involving threats or reports of violence by people dressed as clowns.

Hose says the girl identified herself as a clown on a social media account that she used to make the threat.

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