'Clown' Facebook accounts threaten St. Joseph schools, students

Posted at 8:27 PM, Sep 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-30 23:21:43-04

Creepy clown accounts were the talk of the town Friday in St. Joseph.

Multiple Facebook accounts set up for clowns contacted junior high students in St. Joseph, and even made a threat to the school district.

13-year-old Ethan Shipps was one of those students. 

"I was shocked and surprised. I didn't know what to think," Shipps said. "I didn't know what he wanted or why he was messaging me."

Shipps said several of his friends received messages, too.

"They said they were going to the high schools and they were going to kidnap the kids and kill the teachers walking to their cars and stuff," he explained.

The district had extra police officers on its campuses today, but said it didn't find any of the threats credible. 

Still, something the schools - and its students - are taking seriously. 

“I don’t know what to think because I don’t know if they are actually going to do it," Shipps said. "It is pretty messed up.”



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