Mid-Michigan schools issue safety alerts about 'creepy clown threats'

Posted: 9:17 AM, Oct 07, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-07 09:17:03-04

Creepy clown fears are rattling schools across the nation. There is a growing number of clown threats on social media. Mid-Michigan schools are on alert.

Northwest Community Schools in Jackson County posted a message on its Facebook page to parents: Mountie Nation, student safety is our first concern. Recent social media and traditional media outlets have been reporting concerns related to individuals dressed as clowns. There have been no threats for any student, staff, buildings, or events at Northwest.We are in regular contact with local law enforcement agencies and they will continue to be a constant presence on our campuses to insure the safety of our kids.

In the Waverly School District, an email was sent out to Waverly Middle School parents Thursday, informing them the district is aware of the clown craze on social media and is in contact with law enforcement should any problems arise. Waverly Middle School says student achievement is the school's top priority.

The creepy clown threats are circulating on social media nationwide and police and school administrators think the threats are hoaxes. But this is no laughing matter. School administrators everywhere are scouring social media posts looking for students who may be posting threats. A number of teenagers have been suspended or arrested already for clown threats. In Philadelphia, a 13-year-old girl was arrested for allegedly posting a string of clown threats online. In Wichita, Kansas a 14-year-old boy was also arrested this week for posting clown threats on social media.

Some parents say their children are now scared to go to school but school administrators and police say schools are safe. Police departments nationwide say they are monitoring the threats. The clown scares have forced some districts to ban clown costumes at school Halloween parties this year.