LEESBURG – Treadway Elementary School was placed on lockdown early Tuesday morning as a precaution after receiving reports of juveniles wearing clown masks at a nearby bus stop.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to several juveniles at a bus stop near Treadway School Road and Secret Hill Road. According to a statement released by Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Fred Jones, the caller advised deputies that the juveniles were wearing a scary clown mask and swapping it from kid to kid, taking photos of each other.
The report also states that the kids attempted to download an app on their phones to make gunshot sound effects to use along with the mask.
Due to the juveniles’ behavior, Treadway Elementary School was placed on a brief lockdown until the juveniles were apprehended.
The juveniles, who were then identified as Tavares Middle School students, were detained from the bus as it arrived at school.
According to Sgt. Jones, three students have each been charged with violation of Florida Statute 876.20: Wearing a mask and placing exhibit to intimidate, and Florida Statute 877.13: Disruption or disturbance which interferes with the educational process or with the orderly conduct of a school campus.