PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Police are actively investigating a series of “scary clown threats” that have surfaced on social media, specifically mentioning schools in the Philadelphia School District.
The school district issued a joint statement with police explaining the threats have also been made known to the Office of Homeland Security.
“The safety of our children and the communities surrounding our schools is a top priority for us and we are taking this matter seriously,” the statement reads. “The SDP Office of School Safety will continue working in concert with the PPD to ensure the safety of our children and our schools when school reopens on Wednesday after the holiday break.”
While neither police or district officials identify what specific threats are being investigated, an Instagram account @philly_clowns215 says “they’ll” be at several schools Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, taking into account district schools have off for Rosh Hashanah.
“While there have been similar social media posts regarding schools in other states and in Pennsylvania the PPD and the SDP remain in contact with Homeland Security and will continue to investigate local threats on social media.”
Before threats to schools were being made, many states including Pennsylvania were dealing with reports of creepy clown sightings, some of which were allegedly trying to lure children into the woods. Some of the sightings reported by children were never confirmed by police.
As of now Philadelphia Police are taking the threats seriously and anyone with information is being asked to call the Philadelphia Police Department at 215-686-8477.