Santa Monica High School Issues "Creepy Clown" Alert
The school received a "threatening" message on Instagram.
We need to talk about creepy clowns.
The sinister phenomenon that continues to plague the country is becoming no laughing matter after Santa Monica High School (Samohi) issued an alert on Thursday after an Instagram threat.
Samohi principal, Antonio Shelton, wrote a letter to parents and all connected with the school outlining that a "Creepy Clown" message had been sent to the school on Instagram showing the school's location but "no specific threat."
Shelton added that the school was safe and that they were working with law enforcement to put on extra police patrols.
The creepy clown fad continues to frighten and befuddle and has become so prominent that it warranted a statement from White House press secretary Josh Earnest, who said that the president had not "been briefed on this particular situation" but that law enforcement is "taking [it] quite seriously."
Read the full letter below.
Dear Samohi family,
We want to make you aware that Samohi was the recipient of a "Creepy Clown" message today through Instagram.
The message contained no specific threat, but did mention Samohi and include a map showing the school location.
I sent an email and voice message to all parents this afternoon to assure them that Samohi is safe and that we are working with law enforcement for extra police patrol tomorrow. If students ask, please reassure them that we are taking every precaution to keep them safe.
Here is the message sent to parents:
Good afternoon. This is Dr. Antonio Shelton, principal of Samohi, with an important message.
This message is to inform you that our school district is aware of what is being described as a social media hoax that is being spread to schools/school districts across the U.S. and we have now learned, directed at Samohi. As with other schools that have received or seen the same threatening “creepy clown” message, we are actively working with law enforcement to investigate this matter. The safety and security of our students and staff must always be our first priority.
While law enforcement does not believe the threat is credible, as a precautionary measure we are taking additional steps to increase patrolling around campus. Classes are in session, instruction continues as normal, and we will continue to work collaboratively with law enforcement.
Schools and law enforcement do not take threats lightly. This social media post provides an opportunity to discuss with your student that “If you see something, say something” and that a threat against a school and/or any student is a felony offense, a crime that is punishable by law.
Thank you for your continued support of our students and our schools. We look forward to seeing all students at school tomorrow.
Antonio M. Shelton, Ed.D.
Santa Monica High School