Threat of clown shooting people at schools is hoax, Franklin County sheriff says

LOUISBURG, N.C. (WNCN) — A social media threat involving a clown shooting people at schools in Franklin County on Halloween is a hoax and a suspect has been caught, officials say.

The threat, which originated on social media, stated that “someone dressed as a clown would shoot” people at several schools in the county, Franklin County Sheriff Kent Winstead said in a statement on Monday night.

The incident was supposed to take place on Halloween, but was determined to be a hoax, Winstead said.

Monday morning, Winstead Tweeted that “There has been no shootings at any Franklin County schools. All are very well protected by local law enforcement and the sheriffs office.”

Franklin County investigators tracked down the “origin” of the threat and isolated it to one person, according to Winstead.

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The suspect, who was not named, will be charged as a juvenile.

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