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GREENFIELD — Police arrested a Greenfield teenager after his “joke” threat was discovered on Facebook and promptly reported.
Police were informed of a disturbing post on Facebook which made threats against schools in Monterey County. The post included a photo of a frightening clown likeness and allegedly threatened that every school in Monterey County would be bombed.
The post also seemed to indicate that preparations had been made to carry out the attacks, which was corroborated by a follow-up post specifying that a person was to begin a series of school shootings from Salinas all the way to King City.
An investigation revealed that the postings came from a residence in Greenfield. Salinas Police notified Greenfield Police, who visited the address and spoke with a 17-year-old and his parents. The parents gave police permission to search the home, which revealed no evidence of explosive materials or weapons. The juvenile, however, was taken to the Greenfield Police Department to be interviewed.
The teen told police that it was “just a joke” and that he thought it would be funny. The department confirmed to the public that the post had been made with the teen’s phone, which was confiscated as evidence. He was then booked into Monterey County Juvenile Hall on a variety of threat-related charges.