People live in fear of clowns. Not me, but there’s just something about clowns that makes a lot of people very uncomfortable. A trio of Alabama kids used that fear of clowns to prey on the fears of some classmates and associates in the town of Flomaton, and they’ve landed not in a puddle of seltzer but in a heap of hot water. After several schools were locked down due to threat of clowns, 22-year-old Makayla Smith and two juveniles were arrested.
The three apparently made a couple of Facebook accounts with the names “FLOMO KLOWN” and “Shoota Cllown” and warned that clowns were going to show up at local schools. Unsurprisingly, officials with the Calhoun County and Escambria County sheriff’s departments weren’t amused. The three were arrested and charged with felony terroristic threatening; Smith faces a $200,000 bond and, if she pays, will be banned from using the Internet, presumably until trial. No word on what the juveniles face, but local officials have been quick to tamp down copy-cat clowners.
“The Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports of social media posts of individuals making threats under the auspice of being clowns. These threats under Alabama Law could result in arrest for ‘Making a Terroristic Threat’ which is a felony,” reads a Facebook post from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department. “School resource officers have identified several suspects that were making the posts and an investigation is currently ongoing.”
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