12-Year-Old Poses As Clown Threatening To Kill Students In Creepy Post

There's another sinister twist in the ongoing clown saga: A 12-year-old boy has been arrested after he threatened to kill students via a social media account.

Bradley Prescott has been charged with a second degree felony following a message he sent that targeted students at Seven Springs Middle School in New Port Richey, Florida.

The message was posted on the video app Here's what it looked like:

Pasco County's sheriff tweeted about the charge and said it should serve as a warning to parents about what their kids are up to online.

The clown epidemic got real yesterday when schools in the New Haven area of Connecticut banned clown costumes for Halloween after a menacing Instagram account emerged.

The account, @newhavenclown, posted a series of terrifying pictures along with threats in the captions appearing to target individual schools. One reads,

Then Hillhouse, Cross, Eli Whitney, Co-op, Sound.. u really think its fake, wait and see.

And another post names a few other schools:

Then Hyde (Creed), New Haven Academy, HSC...

A spokesperson for the school district told the New Haven Register there's no threat to schoolchildren, but the costumes are to be banned this year as a safety measure.

Schools spokeswoman Mercy Quaye said,

Unfortunately, clown-themed posturing has been a growing trend throughout the country, particularly on social media. To ensure student safety, parents are encouraged to assist in ensuring students refrain from these costumes this season.

The school stated,

At this time there is no indication this incident poses any real or substantial threat to New Haven Public Schools or students.

It goes on to say it takes these "incidents very seriously" and the situation will be monitored over the coming weeks.