Threats made against Hillsborough County middle school students

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LUTZ, Fla. (WFLA) –  Hillsborough detectives are investigating threats made about students at a Hillsborough County middle school.

The threats were made through social media by someone with a clown photo for his or her profile image. They target students who attend Martinez Middle School in Lutz. News Channel 8 obtained images from Instagram.

“I’m coming for you Martinez Middle School … WATCH OUT,” the first threat reads.

The user’s name is “jacktheclown15.”

The Hillsborough County School Board and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office are both aware of the threats, which were made over the weekend.

Hillsborough County School Board Spokeswoman Tanya Arja said the district is taking the threats seriously, although they do not believe there is intention to carry out the plot. Officials did inform parents.

Meanwhile, a 12-year-old boy was arrested in connection with Pasco County clown threats. The boy is charged with terroristic threatening, a second-degree felony.

Deputies said the arrest is “regarding an online threat made toward Seven Springs Middle School with an image of a clown.”

The arrested child threatened to kill children, officials said. The threat was posted on the app, The profile’s main image is a clown. Deputies learned of the threat Monday night. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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