Take a look at one of the people authorities say is behind the made up character “Flomo Klown”, 20-year-old McKayla Smith along with three teenagers now face charges of making a terroristic threat against Flomaton schools.
“We feel like this whole thing was just a prank,” says chief deputy Mike Lambert with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. “According to their statements they were just trying to have a good time and having a prank on the friends.”
Most of those friends are in Flomaton. The same place where three of the four suspects live.
“I think it was stupid,” says senior Ashley Walther. “I think it was all a prank they just took it too far,” added senior Alyssa Oglesbee.
State, local and federal authorities tracked down the suspects through the same facebook page used to scare and threaten.
“Everybody was kind of freaking out,” recalls Shelby Barnes. “They didn’t know if it was like a joke or not or if this was serious and if a clown was out here at the school.”
No clown was ever spotted on, or near campus. Students are proud of the quick action by law enforcement. “It’s not a joke to threaten a school and threaten kids,” says Barnes, “and we take it really seriously around here.”
Smith remains in the Escambia County Detention Center. Lambert says her arrest should serve as an example. “Something as simple as doing a harmless prank can cost you a lot in the long run and things that could haunt you the rest of your life.”
The foursome could face even more charges. The investigation continues.