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Police ramp up security after clown threats at local schools

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(KMOV.com) – The Florissant Police Department is ramping up security a local elementary school after a group of clowns have threatened to kill the teachers and kidnap the children.

The group on Facebook “Clowning Around” posted the following statement on their social media page: “They deleted our last page. Monday were [sic] going to west high Lawson Elementary school northwest middle central high and pattionvile were [sic] killing the teachers and kidnapping the kids! WE ARE NOT PLAYING.”

In response, the Florissant Police Department said on their on Facebook page that they are “aware of the social media threats to schools in our area” and will have “extra patrols around Florissant schools, especially during arrival and dismissal times.”

Parkway Superintendent Keith Marty released a statement saying, “School will be held tomorrow, but as a precaution we will have an increased security presence around our campuses.”

Hazelwood Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart sent an auto-dial and email message to parents and staff regarding a social media post saying, "We became aware of a threat against several Hazelwood schools that appears to be related to the national craze of creepy clown hoaxes and sightings. We are assisting local police officials in investigating this threat. We will have extra police, and an increase of adult presence as an added precaution in our buildings. We must take all threats seriously, and will always take the steps necessary to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff."

Parents in the Mehlville, Hazelwood, Parkway School Districts, and Pattonville areas all received emails about similar threats during the past few days. 

This kind of threat follows the growing, dark trend of people dressing up as clowns across the country.

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