Philadel­phia po­lice, schools probe ‘scary clown threats’

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

PHILADEL­PHIA >> School of­fi­cials and po­lice in Philadel­phia say they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing so­cial me­dia posts with what they called “scary clown threats” that are now specif­i­cally men­tion­ing district schools.

Of­fi­cials said in a joint state­ment meant to re­as­sure par­ents and school com­mu­ni­ties that the school district’s Of­fice of School Safety alerted city po­lice and the Of­fice of Home­land Se­cu­rity on Satur­day af­ter learn­ing about what they called “these dis­turb­ing so­cial me­dia posts.”

Both said the safety of chil­dren and com­mu­ni­ties sur­round­ing the schools is a top pri­or­ity, and they are “tak­ing this mat­ter se­ri­ously” Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the so­cial me­dia posts and pur­su­ing those re­spon­si­ble. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Po­lice have en­cour­aged cau­tion amid re­ports in a num­ber of states of peo­ple dressed like clowns and act­ing sus­pi­ciously.

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