OAKLAND (KRON) — The Oakland Unified School District announced Tuesday its schools have been the target of “creepy clown” threats on social media.
Just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Oakland Unified School District notified parents that the district had received threats involving individuals dressed as clowns talking about acts of violence.
The messages are threatening violence against specific schools inside the school district.
These threats are similar to ones that have been made nationwide and in Fairfield. Police learned about the threats from the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District around 7:45 p.m. Monday.
The threatening posts usually refer to clowns and are similar to threats that have targeted schools across the country, Fairfield police Sgt. Jeff Osgood said.
The posts have gone viral and copycat posts are intended to disrupt schools and scare the public, Osgood said.
The Oakland school district says OUSD police and other law enforcement agencies are investigating.
The district says that their notifications were meant to inform parents, not to alarm them.
“The security of our students and staff is our top priority,” said OUSD Police Chief Jeff Godown. “We will be monitoring the situation closely and providing extra patrols to the schools named in the rumors and all schools in general.”
The “creepy clown” threats are believed to be hoaxes, but OUSD police and staff say they will be extra-vigilant.
Extra patrols have been called to the schools threatened.
Police say some apps that could possibly pose a risk for cyberbullying include Tinder, Yik Yak, Ask.fm and Calculator Hide.
The threats made nationwide have not been credible.
Bay City News contributed to this report.