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Kent School District addresses parental concerns, calls creepy clowns ‘national social media hoax’

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KENT, Wash. — Pictures of creepy clowns posted on social media were used to make online threats against four high schools Monday afternoon, according to the Kent School District. District spokesperson Chris Loftis says the threats were made on Instagram and included the names of every district high school.

School principals and students reported the threats Monday afternoon. The district posted this message online to notify parents:

“The Kent School District has been contacted by a number of individuals concerned about an ongoing national social media hoax related to Scary Clowns. All concerns have been and are being investigated by law enforcement and we have no credible threats against our students, staff, or facilities. Thank you for helping make our schools a safe place to learn and grow by reporting all concerns and suspicious activity.”

Loftis said the district is working with Kent and Covington Police to track down the person who made the threats. It is unclear if it was a student, but Loftis added that the posts have been removed from Instagram.

Across the country, police are receiving reports of similar threats involving clowns.

In Texas, the Fort Worth Independent School District beefed up security after a Facebook group called “Ain’t Clownin’ Around” made terrorist threats against teachers and students last week.

A school district in Ohio went as far as shutting down all schools after a clown attacked a lady.

The Kent School District says all schools are open and operating under regular schedules.