Police: No threats to Pa. schools, validity to clown sightings

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania State Police say there are no known threats to any schools in the state as claimed by a number of clown-related social media posts.

The agency has released a community awareness bulletin to address the recent clown sighting phenomenon.

In the bulletin, police said a number of clown-related social media posts were made over the weekend regarding threats towards school districts in Pennsylvania and throughout the country. Some threats stated that a clown would arrive at the school and “shoot all students and teachers,” while another threat stated they “weren’t clowning around.”

Police said most of the social media posts were attributed to a “clown joke,” possibly linked to numerous clown sightings throughout the nation and the world. They said the sightings have not been validated but are “fueling a clown panic throughout the country.”

State police also encouraged the reporting of suspicious activity by calling the toll‐free Pennsylvania State Police Terrorism Tip Line at (888) 292‐1919, emailing tips@pa.gov, or by using the free “See Something, Send Something” smartphone app.

The app allows users to photograph suspicious activity and send it directly to police.

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