NOON UPDATE: LOCK DOWNS OVER, DEPUTIES TRACKING DOWN LEADS
FLOMATON, AL (WKRG) — Two schools in Escambia County, Alabama were put on lock down Thursday after “Flomo Klowns” made threats to students on Facebook.
Parents contacted the Flomaton Police Department early Thursday saying their children had been messaged online by a Facebook user named “Flomo Klown,” who allegedly made a threat against the student’s school. The threatening message is said to have included gun emoji. “This individual had sent some threatening messages with emojis with guns and things of that nature” says police chief Bryan Davis, “and those threats related to the school.”
Flomaton High School, the middle school and elementary school were all placed on lock down and Escambia County High School was placed on partial lock down shortly after the threats were made. Deputies are in the process of interviewing people and tracking down leads. ” “We don’t have anybody in custody at this time,” says Chief Deputy Mike Lambert. “Have we questioned people? Yes. We have some we are questioning right now trying to gather as much intel as possible.”
The “Flomo Klowns” have a Facebook page where they say, “I kill people for a living.” There is more threatening language on their Facebook page, including several gun emojis and one post from Thursday stating, “it’s going down tonight.”
Contrary to our initial report, deputies say they haven’t received word of any clown sightings near the two schools, though some people on the WKRG Facebook Page are claiming otherwise.
News 5 is told there was no credible threat of a gun on the campus of either school.
Parents tell News 5 there are at least two more Facebook pages of local clowns threatening the area. With most seeing it as a prank, these Facebook pages are receiving many friend requests from curious users.
In recent weeks, clowns have been showing up from North Carolina to Georgia. According to media reports, some clowns are luring children into the woods with the promise of candy. In some areas, it’s being taken as a prank, but in others, police are working to make arrests.
Not much in known about the Flomo Klowns other than their Facebook page, where the group lists themselves as “from Flomaton, Alabama” and “lives in Flomaton, Alabama.” There are creepy photos of clowns on the page, along with several vague threats.
Anyone who sees the clowns are asked to call police immediately.