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(Scroll down for video) A 12-year-old girl was placed behind bars after making threats against a school by posting violent emojis on Instagram, according to police in New Jersey.
On Tuesday evening, the Toms River Police Department was made aware of the posting on Instagram, regarding an unspecified threat to Intermediate School East.
The post from “Killerclownfromnj” stated: “Some people wanted Toms River Intermediate East Middle School. I will be there at 8:37 sharp on Thursday, October 6th 2016.”
The post included several violent emojis.
Through the overnight hours, Toms River Police Detectives coordinated with The Ocean County Prosecutors Office High Tech Crime Unit to evaluate the social media postings and if there was any credible threat.
Superintendent of Toms River Schools, David Healy, was made aware of the situation, and coordinated with the police department to provide extra security measures at all schools within the township.
At no time was there any credible threat to students and this incident appears to be an ill-conceived hoax. The investigation identified the perpetrator as a 12-year-old female who attends school within the township.
In addition to disciplinary action levied by the school, she was charged with one third-degree criminal count of causing false public alarm.
In addition to the 12-year-old girl, police arrested two children who also made threats against schools with killer clowns.