Tennessee students charged with making clown threat against schools


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HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. — Amid reports of scary clown sightings across the country, two students at Red Bank Middle School in Chattanooga have been accused of posting on social media that a clown would shoot up Red Bank Middle School or Red Bank High School.

Several students got the threats through social media, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

HCSO investigated and determined the threat was unfounded.

Nevertheless, HCSO said it will respond to anyone dressed like a clown and acting dangerously, especially in light of recent clown incidents in other areas.

The two Red Bank Middle School students were charged with disorderly conduct and conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct, WDEF reported. One of them is also charged with felonious filing a false report.

Deputies also seized their electronic devices as evidence.

The threat caused the two targeted schools to go on a “soft lockdown,” according to WTVC. The schools’ doors were locked from the outside, and an adult guarded the door.

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