At least one arrest has been made in the Flomo Klown case, the Escambia County Sheriff’s office said.
Two juveniles and one adult were taken into custody on Thursday for their alleged involvement in the incident.
As reported by FOX News, a number of posts made on the “Flomo Klown” Facebook page threatened to cause violence at an area school, forcing Flomaton police to issue a “soft lockdown” instructing teachers and students to take shelter.
In a press release on their Facebook page, the Flomaton Police Department said, “The account was identified as ‘FLOMO KLOWN’ and ‘Shoota Cllown.’ The entire Flomaton school campus was placed on lockdown and a search was conducted across the campus looking for the possibility of any firearms. The campus was cleared and taken off lockdown.”
The entire release can be read at the bottom of the story.
While no clowns were found, adequate information was collected to issue multiple warrants.
The posts on the Facebook page Flomo Klown feature gun emojis and names of various schools. While the incident began in Flomaton, they are now focused on Pensacola. The posts include pictures of clowns from popular horror movies.
The alleged ringleader of the group of clowns posting threatening messages, Makayla Smith, has been apprehended and will be facing a charge of making terroristic threat, according to Flomaton police’s Facebook page. Authorities revealed that Smith and her clown posse are from Pensacola, Florida.
“This is a quick message to let you know that we’re very aware of the distraction that clowns have caused on social media,” Superintendent Eddie Tyler said, as reported by WKRG. “Please realize the intent of this individual or group is to cause distraction and disruption. Report any suspicious activity to law enforcement and don’t engage with those causing a disruption. Thank you.”
Escambia County Sheriff’s office issued a statement, saying, “This type of crime will not be tolerated in Escambia Co. Alabama and we will ask that all involved parties be punished to the full extent of the law.”