In odd news, a 17-year old male was arrested in Alabama for threats of violence on students. In what seems to be a trend, terroristic threats have been found on social media using a clown alias referencing school threats. There has been a pattern of threats to murder students during school hours at Pleasant Valley in Calhoun County; Flomaton High School and Flomaton Elementary School in Atmore, Alabama; Shades Valley High School in Irondale, Alabama; and Holy Family Cristo Rey High School in the Ensley suburb of Birmingham.
Each of the schools was placed on lockdown following the threats. The hoax seems to be spreading like wildfire despite some arrests. According to AL.com, Birmingham Sgt. Bryan Shelton said someone called about a clown showing up to Holy Family in Ensley to lure kids into the woods. After investigating, police officials found no traces of violence or a suspect.
Down the road in Birmingham’s Brighton neighborhood, a person dressed as a clown jumped out of the bushes and chased two teens down the street last Sunday. Authorities said the suspect then left the scene in a white van.
The hoaxes and threats originated from one source on social media several weeks ago.