ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Clarkstown Police are warning local schools, including North Rockland High School, about an online threat made against the school involving a clown coming to harm students and teachers, according to North Rockland Central SchoolsSuperintendent Ileana Eckert.
The threat said clowns would come to “kidnap students and kill teachers."
"Although Clarkstown Police believe this threat to be non-credible, the Haverstraw Police Department will have a presence in our high school tomorrow (Friday)," Eckert wrote in a letter to parents on Thursday.
The national phenomenon of "crazy clown" sightings and threats have police across the country tracking down the threats to make sure they are not real. Locally, threats have been received in Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Port Chester and Ossining.
"I know that many of you are aware of the recent clown sightings that have occurred across our nation, as a result of the current social media craze," Eckert wrote.
As a precaution, Eckert is asking parents and guardians to review the following safety precautions with their children:
- Children should not start rumors about clown sightings as either a joke, to scare a friend or for any other reason.
- Children should be taught to recognize suspicious behavior, including actual clown sightings and report it immediately to an adult at the school and to a parent at home.
- Parents and guardians are also encouraged to contact law enforcement if they feel the threat is real.
- Remind students that they are not permitted to wear clown outfits to school.
- Help diffuse this current situation by NOT forwarding rumors on social media.
In addition she said It is possible that the incessant rumors or, in some instances, confirmed reports of “crazy clown sightings” may cause anxiety, fear, anger or some other emotion with students.