MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — When clown-related threats against schools first hit the Austin-area last Friday, there were around a dozen arrests recorded nationwide.
Now, a week later, there have been six school-related arrests in the Austin area alone. Friday morning, a 16-year-old junior at Manor High School was arrested after police linked the student to a threatening “Bobby da Klown” Facebook profile. Police say the student posted a photo from inside Manor High to the Facebook profile, writing, “I’m here and I will kill anyone.” The threats were posted Wednesday and Thursday.
The student has been charged with terroristic threat, a Class B misdemeanor and taken to the Gardner Betts Juvenile Detention Center. The threatening posts have since been removed, Manor police say.
The Manor Police Department say they will continue to be proactive in searching social media for threats and will make arrests if it’s determined the law has been broken. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.
Manor ISD superintendent Dr. Royce Avery thanked parents for their support, saying he will work to ensure the safety and security of students and staff.
On Thursday, an 18 year old was arrested in Manor after calls to 911 reported a man with a clown mask going door to door. He was booked into jail on multiple, unrelated outstanding warrants.