‘Klown’ threat prompts lockdown in school

Published 2:32 am Friday, September 16, 2016

Flomaton High School was on lockdown for several hours on Thursday after someone using the social media alias “Flomo Kowns” made threats of school violence.

Flomaton Police Chief Bryan Davis issued the “all clear” just after 11 a.m. Thursday.

Escambia County (Ala.) Schools Superintendent John Knott told The Brewton Standard that media reports of spotted instances of the “klowns” at FHS and Escambia County High School in Atmore were untrue. However, the lockdown precautions were taken as part of the system’s safety protocols, he said.

“We heard the reports that the clowns were spotted near the grounds, but none of our school personnel were able to substantiate that,” Knott said. “But, in this day and time, we have to take all threats seriously.”

Nothing was found inside the school or school grounds, officials said.

Law enforcement officers said an FHS parent alerted police to the threats.