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Knife-Wielding Clowns Threaten Houston Schools, Police Say Parents Should Be On High Alert

By Karly Carpena
October 3, 2016


More schools in the Houston area beefed up security Monday after another rash of threats on social media from accounts featuring creepy-looking clowns.

The threats, which have been circulating nationwide on websites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, prompted a response from some local school districts on Friday. Those responses increased Monday.


In many of the messages sent to parents, school officials said investigators have determined that the threats are “not credible,” but extra measures are being taken to ensure the safety of students and staff as a precaution.


“Over the last several days, non-specific threats to schools in Houston and surrounding school districts have been posted to social media. Please know all students are safe. HISD police and other law enforcement agencies have determined the threats were not credible. Out of an abundance of caution, police are monitoring the situation. Teaching and learning are continuing as usual. Though the threat is not believed to be credible, we are taking every precaution possible to ensure safety. Please know we take all threats seriously as the safety or our students and staff is always or top priority.”