Martinez schools warn parents of creepy clown threats

A reveler dressed as a clown poses for a photo during the 'Gigantes da Lira' carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Rio's over-the-top Carnival is the highlight of the year for many local residents. Hundreds of thousands of merrymakers are beginning to take to the streets in open-air "blocos" parties. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A reveler dressed as a clown poses for a photo during the 'Gigantes da Lira' carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Rio's over-the-top Carnival is the highlight of the year for many local residents. Hundreds of thousands of merrymakers are beginning to take to the streets in open-air "blocos" parties. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

MARTINEZ (KRON)—The Martinez Unified School District announced Thursday its schools have received “creepy clown” threats.

The district said it is part of the social media hoax that is going on nationwide and at other schools in the Bay Area.

The messages threaten acts of violence against students.

The district mentioned Alhambra High School was one of the schools threatened.

Similar threats have been made to schools in Oakland, Fairfield, San Jose and Antioch.

In Concord, a clown tried to snatch a 1-year-old baby girl out of her mother’s hands at a bus stop.

This is the letter sent to parents by the superintendent of the Martinez Unified School District:

As you may be aware, there is a social media hoax that is being shared throughout the country about clowns attacking people in communities and other related threats of violence. This topic has taken social media by storm, and many of you may be aware that this topic of creepy clowns has surfaced in local social media and in local discussions among our student and parent populations.
Today we were made aware of a threat, via social media, related to Alhambra High School and potential danger from clowns. The safety and security of our students is our top priority. The Martinez Police Department has determined this threat is not credible, but will be taking additional steps beginning today to increase police presence on campus as a precautionary measure. School will continue as normal today and we will update you with any additional information.

Recently similar concerns have surfaced in Antioch, Oakland, and Fairfield schools. Additionally, there has been a significant spike in such rumors in Southern California. Martinez Unified is committed to keeping our students safe, and we will take any potential threat seriously. As always, the police department and our school administration are working collaboratively to ensure the safety of all students and staff.

We are not aware of any potential threat to any other school in Martinez Unified. However, we are aware this topic is being discussed by many students.

While we are hopeful that the post was not created by a Martinez Unified student, please remind your child that making social media posts that threaten a school and/or any student is considered a terrorist threat, is punishable by law, and could result in expulsion from the school district. Thank you, as always, for your continued support of our students and our schools.

Sincerely,

CJ Cammack, Superintendent
Martinez Unified School District

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