GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) While Waco ISD police investigated social media threats Friday that were similar to the so-called “creepy clown” hoaxes that have surfaced around the country, officials in the Gatesville ISD were discounting reports of kidnappings involving a clown and Connally ISD officials were assuring parents a similar threat did not warrant a campus lockdown.
“Gatesville ISD is aware of numerous posts on social media associated with a scary clown abducting individuals,” the district said in a post on its Facebook page.
“We are monitoring the situation and patrolling the area in conjunction with local police. At this point all reports are unsubstantiated.”
The Connally ISD Police Department received information about possible “creepy clown” threats against local high schools Friday morning, the district said in a Facebook post.
“At this time the district has not received any credible information to facilitate a lockdown of CISD campuses,” the post said.
“Student safety is a high priority for Connally ISD, and we will do everything possible to protect our students and staff.”
In Waco, social media threats were posted Thursday night against two high schools, Waco ISD spokesman Bruce Gietzen said in a press release Friday.
The first unusual clown sightings were reported in August in South Carolina.
Since then sightings have been reported in a half-dozen more states.
The Associated Press reported that the Reading Community City School District in suburban Cincinnati closed schools Friday after a woman told authorities that a male dressed as a clown grabbed her around the neck and made a threat against students.
School officials said they take all threats seriously and were concerned about the number of students who walk to school in the early morning.
Police in the Cincinnati suburb of Colerain Township say they arrested a juvenile Thursday in connection with a clown threat there involving threatened harm to Colerain High School students.
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