Police: Teen suspects detained after making clown threats against schools

Posted at 9:31 PM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 23:50:08-04

WEST MICHIGAN — Two South Haven teens could face charges for making threats online against Covert and South Haven Schools.

South Haven acting police chief Natalie Thompson says that two 15-year-old boys from the South Haven area allegedly posed as clowns and made threats to the schools in a Facebook chat group. They both turned themselves in, Thompson says.

Covert police say the threat against Covert schools happened Saturday and was “specifically directed at students from Covert Schools as well as Covert Schools itself,” according to a release.

Thompson says the teens don’t know each other, and that these threats do not seem to be connected to each other.

Their cases are being reviewed by prosecutors. Thompson says malicious communications and possible felony charges for using a computer may be sought.

Last week, South Haven police warned the public about threatening clown profiles online.