UPDATE: After an investigation by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Opelika Police Department has resulted in the arrest of a 16-year-old Beauregard high school student.
Due to the student’s age her identity may not be released.
Law enforcement officials made the arrest at approximately 3:00 p.m. central time in the Beauregard community.
The student is facing multiple counts of Terrorist Threats involving three schools in the Beauregard community and Opelika High School. The student is in custody and will be held in the juvenile detention facility pending a hearing in Lee County Juvenile Court.
Police say Terrorist Threats is a class “C” felony offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $ 15,000.00 fine for an adult convicted of the offense.
LEE COUNTY, Ala — The Lee County Sheriff’s office confirms Beauregard High School is on increased security alert after a “creepy clown” social media post threatening to bring a gun to the school.
Sheriff Jay Jones tells News 3 the department is aware of the situation, but the school is not on lockdown.
Jones says the post by a Facebook user “Kaleb Klown” says the clown character will go to Beauregard High School at 12:40 p.m. “with a gun and will walk down to the elementary school and blow it up”.
The post also made threats to attack Opelika schools. Police Captain Bobby Kilgore says officers are aware of the situation and are taking safety measures.
Assistant Superintendent Jason Wright says Lee County put both schools on a “heightened awareness day”. He says this includes locking all exterior doors and telling all teachers and staff to be on the watch for suspicious activity.
Wright says the school district also sent out automated phone calls to all parents with children at the threatened schools.
Jones says so far deputies have not found any concrete threat to the schools or community.
He says deputies will remain at the school just in case, but parents should not be worried.
An investigation is underway by the Opelika Police and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to find the person responsible for setting up the “Kaleb Klown” Facebook page.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Investigative Services Division of the Opelika Police Department at (334) 705-5220 or to call our Secret Witness Hotline at (334) 745-8665 or the Lee County Sheriff’s Department Investigations at (334) 737-7143.
This is a developing story. Stay with News 3 for updates.