Boaz student arrested, suspended after clown threat

Published: Sep. 21, 2016 at 9:51 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2016 at 7:52 PM CDT
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BOAZ, AL (WAFF) - A student in Marshall County has been arrested in an online clown threat in Boaz.

A 15-year-old student at Boaz High School was taken into custody and will face charges of making a terrorist threat. Boaz police say the student was taken to a juvenile detention center where he will remain for 72 hours before seeing a juvenile court judge.

The threat swept through portions of the county. Some of it was true. Some of it wasn't.

Boaz police say the student brought a clown mask to school and pulled it out of a backpack in front of a group of other kids. Police say he then told a girl she would be his next victim.

The girl reported the incident to school authorities.

The male student is now suspended.

Boaz police say students should be cautious with what they say and how they act because someone else may not know what your true intentions are.

"If statements like that are made, times have changed. We have to act in a different way now than we could years ago. There's no reason for a student to bring a mask to school unless the school is aware of it and they've authorized them to bring one to school," said Boaz Deputy Police Chief Josh Gaskin.

In Albertville, police say there was a social media posting involving a clown. But while it raised concerns, police say it wasn't criminal. Police say they addressed the concern with the young person and the child's parent.

This was the third north Alabama student arrested over clown threats in the last few days. Two other students were arrested in Decatur on Tuesday.

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