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LaGrange police investigating social media clown threat targeting Keystone High School

LAGRANGE – Police are investigating a clown threat made Wednesday morning that targeted Keystone High School.

According to Chief of Police Chad Duensing, a student came across an image of a clown on her Instagram account from “bob_the_clown_666” stating “I’m coming to keystone high today.”

“There was no real threat,” Duensing said. “We were made aware of a post concerning a clown. We had officers, along with our SRO (school resource officer) conduct extra patrol.”

The district did not enforce lockdown.

Around 10:20 a.m., K-9 units were brought into the school as part of a pre-planned drug testing day.

“This was planned a month ago and today of all days, the dogs are here,” Duensing said.

The K-9 units were not brought in due to the clown threats.

Superintendent Franco Gallo said there was no “credible threat to the students of Keystone Schools.”

“These threats have been made across the state in efforts to cause panic,” Gallo said. “The Keystone Schools have a School Resource Officer that is always on campus to protect students of any threats.”

Clowning is described by police as dangerous activity during which people dressed as clowns jump out of wooded areas and scare people. A twist on clowning now includes social media posts that target specific schools.

Elyria and Lorain high schools were tagged Tuesday on social media. Students at Clearview Schools were kept inside during recess Monday after reports of a roaming clown caused concern for administration.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @MLinebrinkCT.



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