Lee County Sheriff’s Office hopes Wednesday’s clown threat arrest sends a message

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OPELIKA, Ala.- Wednesday afternoon, law enforcement arrested a 16 year old Beauregard High School student who made terroristic threats on social media.

The student used a Facebook page named “Kaleb Klown.” The posts involved threats toward Opelika High School, the City of Opelika and schools in the Beauregard area. The post mentioned a firearm, and coming to the schools with the firearm and threatening the school.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office intensified their security measures at the schools, and the City of Opelika was also aware of the threat. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office began a joint investigation with the Opelika Police Department resulting in the arrest.

The student is at the Lee County Juvenile Detention Facility where she is awaiting a hearing in front of a Juvenile Court judge.

The Facebook page where the threats originated
The Facebook page where the threats originated

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said this was a very unfortunate circumstance in that a lot of children, parents were scared and the threats were way over the line and they hope the arrest Wednesday’s arrest serves a message to those who may be thinking of making threats like this.

“If you engage in this activity, you’re going to go to jail,” Sheriff Jones said. “Simple. End of the story. That’s the way it’s going to be. As people saw yesterday, we take it seriously, and this is something that just can’t be tolerated. I would offer that if there is anyone out there considering doing a similar action to think twice about it because we will identify the individual and they will have to face the music so to speak in regards to any activity of this nature.”

Making terroristic threats are a Class C Felony and an adult convicted of it can face 10 years in prison and a $15,000 fine for each count.

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