What lead to a limited number of people behind these "creepy clowns" being adjudicated in the courts?
Let's look at few of these cases.
In Linden, New Jersey, a 14-year-old boy was recently arrested in connection with posting a creepy clown post that threatened teachers and children last year. The boy was served with complaints for terroristic threats and creating a false public alarm. He has to make an appearance in juvenile court.
Around 6:41 p.m. October 3, 2016, Linden police were alerted to a suspicious Instagram posting that featured a photo of a clown sitting on a swing. The caption of the photo reads "I'm taking and killing teachers and kids just like I did this morning September 30 following that girl."
Following a three-month investigation by Juvenile Detective Keith Milos, the boy was arrested Thursday morning, police said. Source.
Two Hunterdon County residents were summonsed with disorderly conduct after they allegedly drove through a parking lot at Hunterdon Central Regional High School while wearing clown masks.
Jared Matonis, 27, and Tyler Gallo, 18, both with Lebanon addresses, were charged at about 3:38 p.m. Oct. 7 after School Resource Officer Timothy Nemeth received a report of a suspicious vehicle that had driven through the fieldhouse parking lot with the driver and passenger wearing clown masks.
Further investigation identified Matonis as the driver and Gallo as his passenger, police said.
Prosecutors told the court that March claimed it was a prank saying he had himself been chased by killer clowns in Gateshead and he thought he would scare people as part of a prank.
A 10-year-old boy in Plymouth was threatened by a clown who jumped out of a bush carrying a hammer, while in Workington, Cumbria, a clown brandishing an axe chased an 11-year-old girl.
Kent Police saw 59 clown-related incidents between October 7 and 10, (2016) Thames Valley Police had 14 reports in 24 hours, and South Yorkshire Police said it had received 61 reports. Source.
Meanwhile in Arizona,
An 18-year-old Phoenix-area man was sentenced to three months of probation Monday (February 6, 2017), in connection with a creepy-clown threat made against his former high school.
Alonzo Vargas, 18, pleaded guilty in January (2017) to a felony charge of interfering or threatening an educational institution after posting threats on social media against Westview High School in Avondale. As part of the plea agreement, a misdemeanor charge of threatening and intimidating was dropped.
With his head bowed and his voice quivering, Vargas expressed remorse over the incident during his sentencing in Maricopa County Superior Court.
"I want to apologize for the mistakes I made," he said.
Citing the seriousness of the crime, Judge Warren Granville ordered Vargas to complete 40 hours of community service and drug counseling.
"We have to figure out if this was just a badly-timed goof or something more," Granville said.
Vargas was arrested Oct. 6 after police say he posted to Instagram a screenshot of a Facebook post indicating students and faculty at Westview would be shot.
Sgt. Mathew Hintz, an Avondale police spokesman, said in October (2016) that Vargas claimed the post was all in good fun and did not believe it would be taken seriously.