Police: 11-year-old Greeley boy told students he’d wear ‘clown gloves’ when shooting BB gun
GREELEY, Colo. — An 11-year-old Greeley boy was caught with a BB gun at school after telling students he would wear clown gloves when he used the gun, police said in a statement.
The BB gun was found Wednesday at Franklin Middle School — after a Facebook post threatening a shooting on Halloween night turned into an “almost viral event” that was then transformed into claims of school shootings by clowns, the Greeley Police Department said Tuesday.
The CO2 BB gun was found inside the student’s back pack, which had an image of a clown on it, according to Greeley police.
Police said the student was initially released to a parent but then placed at Platte Valley Youth Detention Center, “due to the elements of the student’s actions.”
Investigators said they had “successfully resolved the issue of the origin of the posting about the shootings.
Police said a 15-year-old girl forwarded a Facebook message that originally claimed shootings would be carried out near Island Grove Park on Oct. 31.
It then led to claims that clowns were going to attack Franklin Middle School and Northridge High School, police said.
Investigators said students and teachers did the right thing when they heard the boy had a replica handgun on campus.
“Students properly notified staff about the student with the air soft gun who immediately acted upon the report,” police stated.
“Greeley-Evans School District 6 will continue their elevated security measures along with the Greeley Police Department,” officials stated.
Police said they are still investigating and it will be up to the Weld County District Attorney’s Office to decide whether the 11-year-old boy and the 15-year-old girl will face charges.