Officials from several different Central Texas schools are investigating after social media posts circulated this past week about "clowns" making threats.
By Monday morning, "clown" threats had been reported at schools in Austin Independent School District, Manor, Del Valle and Hays Consolidated Independent School District. AISD police said Monday morning they were investigating threats made toward the following schools:
- Austin, Bowie, Eastside Memorial, LASA and McCallum high schools
- LBJ and Reagan early college high schools
- Kealing, Martin and O. Henry middle schools
Friday morning, a student at Manor High School contacted KVUE with a screenshot of a Facebook thread that contained an alleged threat against the school. "Klown Joey," one of the users in the thread, wrote Thursday, "Where gonna get yall manor high kids in all the bathrooms we got cameras set up we are out to kill and attack ... see y'all tomorrow."
Kristen Dark with the Travis County Sheriff's Office said they were made aware of the post Thursday afternoon when an investigation was initiated. She said "at this point, there's no credibility to the post." She also said campus police at Manor High School "are aware and will be diligent in their duties today as always."
In a letter sent to Del Valle High School parents Friday morning, the principal said they "have been made aware of a rumor about clowns threatening the security" of the school. He said "we are cooperating with law enforcement and diligently investigating this rumor. School is continuing as usual today."
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Friday afternoon, parents lined up outside Dell Valle HS to pick their children up early. Sisters Madeline and Amanda Johnson were among the students leaving early.
Madeline received direct threats on Facebook from one of the clown accounts.
"Saying that he was going to kill me and saying that like he knows where I live," she described.
"It's not cool to be scared to come to school because you're scared that a clown is going to come to your school and shoot you while you're there," said Madeline's older sister Amanda.
"Threats of any kind against our school, students and staff will be investigated immediately and are not tolerated," AISD police said in a statement. "We encourage our community to report threatening behavior of any kind so police may investigate and we can work together to keep our campus safe."
In a letter sent to parents at Hays Consolidated Independent School District Friday, officials said "there is a rumor that there may have been a post about Lehman High School from a clown, but that it was taken down." Officials said after deputies and school administrators investigated, they do not believe there is any credible threat to the safety of the school.
AISD asks anyone with information about the incidents to call AISD police at 512-414-1703. AISD also noted that schools across the state and country have received similar threats.
The Spring Independent School District issued a security statement overnight Monday due to new clown threat hoaxes made online.
According to KVUE's sister station in Corpus Christi, school district police there are also on alert Friday after "clowns" posted on social media claiming they were planning on "visiting" 10 different schools. There was no outright threat made, but police are monitoring the schools.