Highline Public Schools this week posted a statement about the recent ‘Creepy Clowns’ phenomenon that seems to have developed a life of its own recently, especially online.
On Tuesday (Oct. 4) both Evergreen and Cascade Middle Schools were put into modified lockdown after a Cascade student reported a scary clown post, according to Catherine Carbone Rogers.
(If you’re not familiar with this recent, strange fad, it involves alleged sightings of scary-looking clowns, oftentimes at night or near woods, and sometimes trying to “lure” children…)
Some local sightings have been claimed recently, with a few even near school campuses. KIRO is reporting that three people reported seeing clowns in wooded areas of Pierce County, as well as in areas north of Seattle.
In Pierce County, Rogers High School was put into lockdown after two suspects were spotted wearing clown masks, and also possibly armed with a knife near the school. Police later found two discarded clown masks in the area:
— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) October 4, 2016
Here’s the district’s statement:
Internet Clown Posts
We are aware of a social media phenomenon going around the country featuring threatening-sounding messages that appear to be posted by clowns. Local police have informed us that this is likely a marketing tactic designed to promote a scary clown movie that is coming out soon, with copycats engaging in the drama. While these posts have proven not to be credible threats, we are taking appropriate precautions.
There have been no incidents of violence associated with these posts across the country. We are making you aware not to raise alarm but to reassure you that we know about the situation and are monitoring it.
The safety of our students and staff is our priority. We coordinate with local police and take appropriate action in coordination with law enforcement.
So…anyone around our area witness anything like this yet? Please leave a Comment below…