St. Louis County school districts increase security following “Creepy Clown” threat

CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR) - Several area school districts are increasing security after they became aware of an online threat. It appears to be related to the national craze of creepy clown hoaxes. Among them are Ferguson-Florissant and Parkway.

In an email sent out Sunday, Ferguson -Florissant School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Davis said the district learned of a threat to a number of schools in the St. Louis County area that appear to be related to the national craze of creepy clown hoaxes and sightings.

The letter went on to say, “None of our schools were mentioned in the threat; however, McCluer North was mentioned later in one of the threads.  While we believe the threat is not credible, we are taking the posting seriously and cooperating with police in their investigation.”

Classes will held as usual in the district on Monday,  but there will be an increased police presence at all schools.

The Florissant Police Department shared this on Facebook Sunday.

Similar emails went out to staff and parents in the Pattonville, Mehlville, Hazelwood, andParkway School Districts in recent days. All questioned the credibility of the threat, but added that increased security would be added just in case.

Parkway Superintendent Keith Marty's email sent on Sunday read, "While we have not been able to confirm that any Parkway schools are specifically mentioned, we are taking the posting seriously and assisting the police in their investigation. School will be held as usual tomorrow, but as a precaution we will have an increased security presence around our campuses."