Pasco County schools on alert after 'creepy clown' threat, school officials say

Posted at 12:01 PM, Sep 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-30 12:19:20-04

Pasco County schools are sending out notifications to families of students alerting them of a "creepy clown" threat. 

School officials sent out a robo-call on Friday morning to let everyone know they are aware of the threats, but they have no reason to believe they care credible or that any of the schools in the county are in danger. 

The robo-call said:

Hello. I’m calling from Pasco County Schools. As you may be aware, there is a "Creepy Clown" phenomenon that is sweeping the country. This morning a tweet from the "Ain't Clowning Around" twitter site posted a threat about high schools. We have no reason to believe it is credible or that any of our schools are in danger. However, we are not summarily dismissing it and the sheriff’s office is investigating. To be on the safe side, all Pasco County Schools have been placed on "Alert Campus", which essentially amounts to “See something, say something.” Teachers will continue to teach and all other activities will go on as planned. Thank you for understanding that we are simply erring on the side of caution.

At this point in time all Pasco County schools have been placed on "Alert Campus" and everyone is being advised to say something if you see something out of the norm. 

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Classes will go on as scheduled as well as after school activities. 

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office also released a statement about the threats.

Over the past few weeks, subjects have been dressing up as clowns.  This is a
nationwide event and these clowns are associating themselves with "evil,
murder, rape, and violent acts".  Several sightings of these "clowns" have
occurred within Pasco County over the past few days.  Sighting have occurred
in Hudson, Port Richey, and Holiday.  These subjects dressed as clowns are
creating profiles on Facebook and requesting juveniles as friends.  In one
post, a clown requested that a juvenile meet them at a park at night. We want
to caution everyone that these types of acts are not being taken as a joke and
are being investigated as threats.
If you have any information about incidents like these please contact the
Pasco Sheriff's Office tipline at 1-800-706-2488.

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