LAFOURCHE PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Lafourche Parish sheriff's deputies arrested two teenagers for wearing a clown mask while riding around Central Lafourche High School on Tuesday.
They were charged with violating a state statute which prohibits the wearing of a masking public outside of certain holidays.
"Last week we issued a stern warning that this 'creepy clown' activity would not be tolerated and violators would be charged," said Sheriff Webre. "With rumors running rampant throughout the country, these individuals are deciding to exploit public fears for some sort of personal enjoyment, and that is simply despicable. We hope these two students serve as a lesson to others that this type of behavior will result in criminal charges."
Sheriff Craig Webre identified the students as Jordan Boudreaux and Taylor Defelice, both 17, of Raceland.
Students reported the incident to school security. Officers learned both teens had each worn the mask at one point. They also found Defelice had posted a photo on Snapchat Tuesday morning of one of the two wearing the mask while riding in Defelice's truck.
Webre said that additional charges could be possible in other cases depending on the circumstances.
If convicted, the teenagers could face up to three years in jail.
"Our school administrators will not tolerate any student causing a significant disturbance on our school campus," Lafourche Parish School District Superintendent Jo Ann Matthews stated.