Philly Police, Schools Investigating Creepy Clown Threats
Halloween might be right around the corner, but Philly’s schools and police aren’t clowning around.
The PPD and the School District of Philadelphia released a joint statement statement informing the city’s residents that they’ve opened an active investigation into a series of “scary clown threats” made on social media.
Details about the threats weren’t included, but according to the press release, school districts in Pennsylvania and other states have received similar 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 reads. “The safety of our children and the communities surrounding our schools is a top priority for us and we are taking this matter seriously.”
Meanwhile, the rest of social media isn’t sure how to handle the threats.
Clown spotted in North philly? Halloween would be canceled for my kids this year for sure.
— c. (@CYDNEYNICOLE) October 3, 2016
I haven't had my coffee yet, so reading about this clown epidemic is just too much for me rn
— Mike Mazzanna (@mike_mazz) October 3, 2016
Philly got homeland security involved with the clown threats targeted at Philly schools. Clowns y'all. 2016 is weird af
— Christian Jawnson (@NerdPoetics) October 2, 2016
Last night around 1:30 I got woken up by someone rattling the gate above my window and what sounded like a clown honk… everyone be careful
— Alisa (@alisancurmaci) October 3, 2016
Philly public schools: where clown attacks are nowhere near the scariest thing you worry about for your kids.
— marni brewster (@marnibrewster) October 3, 2016
Anyone with information surrounding these posts should contact the Philadelphia Police Department at 215-686-TIPS (8477).
Follow @ClaireSasko on Twitter.