Officials say clown threats against Red Bank schools are unfounded

UPDATE: Hamilton County deputies have charged 2 students at Red Bank Middle School with making the online threats.

The clown threats were directed at both the Middle and High Schools.

The charges are disorderly conduct and conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct.

One of the boys will aslo be charged with felonious filing a false report.

And, possibly most painful of all, deptuies seized all their electronic devices as evidence.

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RED BANK, Tennessee (WDEF) – Two Red Bank schools are the latest to suffer clown threats.

Several students got social media messages on their phones that someone was threatening to shoot up either Red Bank Middle or High School.

Hamilton County investigators looked into the threat and decided they were unfounded.

Clown threats have shut down several schools across Alabama last week.

But Hamilton County chose to observe regular hours at the Red Bank Schools.

There has been a rash of hoaxes spread through social media in waves across the country.

Hamilton County officials say they do take all threats seriously, and will respond to anyone dressed as a clown or acting in a threatening manner.

“Our nation is experiencing tremendous cause to be concerned over a variety of issues. With prior incidents involving clowns in other states, I want to make it very clear that we will not tolerate people in our community dressing up as clowns and threatening our children or their safety…” stated Hamilton County Sheriff Hammond. “I want to encourage parents to speak with their children and let them know that it is not a joke to threaten their classmates or their school and there are legal repercussions for those who do.”

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