East Tennessee student charged with making Facebook clown threat

(Courtesy: WATE)
(Courtesy: WATE)

CUMBERLAND GAP, Tenn. (WATE) – Deputies in Claiborne County have arrested a high school student for social media threats involving clowns.

Sheriff David Ray says the threats on Facebook and in messages between various students on Tuesday said, “not to come to school tomorrow, clowns are coming to your school just giving you a heads up we are shooting it up”.

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Investigators secured both Cumberland Gap High School and H. Y. Livesay Middle School on Wednesday morning and carefully search the schools. Officers were also present when students arrived for school. H. Y. Livesay attendance was not affected by the threats, but attendance at Cumberland Gap High was poor Wednesday.

Early Wednesday morning, investigators found through social media the threats came from a Claiborne County student who created a fictitious Facebook account in an attempt to create a lockdown at Cumberland Gap High. Investigators seized electronic devices that led to the arrest and charges placed against a female student.

She is charged with disruption of a meeting or procession and is scheduled to appear in juvenile court on September 28. She is also prohibited from returning to school property, had her internet access limited and cannot attend any school social events.

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