Clown Update: Schools in Several States Threatened, Clown Shot in Indiana as Craze Spreads
School districts in several states have notified parents of increased security due to "clown threats" as the creepy clown phenomenon sweeping the country continues to cause alarm. The clown sightings spread to several more states in recent days and a clown is in critical condition in Indiana after getting shot.
In Missouri, several St. Louis County school districts notified parents of a potential creepy clown threat.
In an email sent out Sunday, Ferguson -Florissant School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Davis said the district learned of a threat to a number of schools in the St. Louis County area that appear to be related to the national craze of creepy clown hoaxes and sightings.
The letter went on to say, “None of our schools were mentioned in the threat; however, McCluer North was mentioned later in one of the threads. While we believe the threat is not credible, we are taking the posting seriously and cooperating with police in their investigation.”
Classes will held as usual in the district on Monday, but there will be an increased police presence at all schools.
The clown threats to Philadelphia-area schools are so severe that Homeland Security has gotten involved with the investigation. The threats, which were made on Instagram Saturday, listed specific schools. One post specifically threatened to "blow up" the Philadelphia School District headquarters.
The school district and the Philadelphia Police Department issued a joint statement on Sunday afternoon in response to the "scary" threats.
“The School District of Philadelphia's Office of School Safety alerted both the Philadelphia Police Department and the Office of Homeland Security Saturday upon learning of these disturbing social media posts," the statement said. "The safety of our children and the communities surrounding our schools is a top priority for us and we are taking this matter seriously.”
A post that attracted a lot of attention on social media came from an account titled phillyclown.215.
The post is rather alarming and threatens Philadelphia school students.lIt states, "We coming to all north east charter high schools..." It goes on to state, "we will be after your let out on Wednesday."
A second post from the account goes on to say, "the gang is in philly..." and "ya'll ain't safe. it's 12 of us yaheard."