Three Bossier Parish students have been arrested in just 24 hours for making ‘creepy clown’ threats on social media.
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said the students involved are a 15-year-old and two 14-year-olds. He said threats have been made at different schools, not just one specific school. All three have been arrested and charged with terrorizing, a felony offense.
“There was a threat at a particular high school to shoot it up, another was to blow up the homecoming parade and one to assassinate a local coach and his family,” Whittington said. “We’re not playing. This is serious business. So far these have not been carried out, but they still made the threat. I just don’t think they realize how serious it is.”
In light of these social media threats and arrests, Bossier Schools and the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office are vigilantly monitoring all Bossier Parish campuses for any activity that raises concern. Heightened security efforts have been put into place to ensure the safety of students and employees.
Bossier Schools is asking parents to be mindful of their children’s social media accounts, posts and profile photos that may include a person dressed as a clown.
“Posts mentioning violent acts and threats are considered crimes,” a statement from Bossier Schools reads. “Equally important is for parents to talk with their children about the dangers of sharing posts they may see, causing undue fear via social media. It only perpetuates rumors and hype.”
Assemblies are also being held and informational videos are being broadcast at every Bossier Parish high school to emphasize the serious repercussions associated with participating in this kind of online activity.
“Making terroristic threats is a felony and can affect an individual’s ability to join the military, being offered scholarships or receiving federal financial aid to attend college,” Bossier Schools said. “By having this important conversation with your child, and communicating any suspicious activity to law enforcement, we hope to curtail the creepy clown craze and focus on education.”
Masks of any kind are not only prohibited on school campuses, but Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington warns it is against the law to wear masks, hoods or facial disguises of any kind in public places, with the exception of Halloween or Mardi Gras.