Missoula police identified a 15-year-old boy as the source of the "clown threat" made against Missoula high schools this week.

On Friday, the Missoula Police Department announced that the boy's parents allowed him to be interviewed, "where he admitted his involvement and acknowledged that it was a prank," according to a news release. Detective Mitch Lang worked this case.

MPD said charges are pending.

MCPS "will finalize its own investigation related to this matter," according to a news release, though details of any discipline will not be released due to student privacy.

"As with all threats, there is the potential for legal consequences as well as school-based consequences including in-school or out-of-school suspension," according to the news release.

Earlier this week, a "ZooTown Klown" Facebook account posted a threat toward Missoula high schools, in line with other clown threats and sightings nationwide. On Thursday, another account posted on Facebook that the threat was a prank.

"At this time, MPD feels this juvenile does not represent a threat to the public," according to the news release, "specifically to high school students in the city."

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