Ex-Avondale student pleads not guilty to clown-related school threats

Posted at 2:10 PM, Oct 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-20 17:10:58-04

A former student at an Avondale high school who's accused of threatening students and faculty last month has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say 18-year-old Alonzo Vargas entered the plea at his arraignment Thursday.

Vargas was arrested by Avondale police on Oct. 6 after an online threat was posted a few days earlier.

Police say the screenshot was of a clown and the text indicated that students and faculty at Westview High School would be hurt.

They say Vargas told investigators that the post was meant in fun and he didn't believe anyone would take it seriously.

He was later indicted by a county grand jury on charges of threatening an educational facility and threatening and intimidating.