UPDATE: Lewisville Police Department Captain Casey Carter confirmed that the city has already seen a clown threat, but later discovered it to be a hoax.
A student in a Lewisville junior high school told school authorities she had seen a clown with a gun before class, but Carter said other students told officers she had been bragging last night that she planned to use the scare to get on the nightly news. Officials have not seen any clowns. Carter also said that they’ve found nothing to substantiate circulating social media claims of clowns around Lewisville.
“We’re taking them all seriously, but this has been such a rampant thing around the Metroplex it’s pretty clearly a urban legend-slash-hoax,” he said. “The sad thing is, this day and age, you can’t completely discount craziness, but it’s putting us at the mercy of some real juvenille stuff.”
Carter said Lewisville PD will have an increased presence in schools for the rest of the week.
Lewisville ISD spokeswoman Amanda Brim said Wednesday afternoon that she was not aware of a single credible threat related to the clowns.
Original story: Lewisville ISD sent an email to parents Tuesday, Oct. 4, regarding the recent disturbing trend of threats involving clowns:
Dear Lewisville ISD Parents,
You may have seen reports in the news and on social media regarding rumors of “creepy clowns” making threats against school districts nationwide. You can be sure we will investigate any and all incidents that are brought to our attention. If any of our campuses are impacted by a credible situation and not simply rumors, that campus will communicate directly with parents.
As always, the safety and security of our students is our top priority. While it has not been necessary to make any operational changes in Lewisville ISD schools as a result of these incidents, we want to assure you we are closely monitoring this concerning trend.
If you or your child observes any suspicious behavior, please report it immediately to your local police department, or to your campus administrators.
Whether they are made against an individual or an entire school, such threats are a serious matter. Several people nationally have been arrested in recent weeks for making false clown threats and they face serious consequences. Threatening schools is a criminal matter, and the police and our district take these situations very seriously.
Thank you for your continued support of Lewisville ISD schools.
Sincerely, Lewisville ISD
Though many of these threats have been determined to be hoaxes, there have been some arrests. The Dallas Morning News reports that a Rockwall ISD student was recently arrested for a hoax threat there.
Texas State University reported an actual clown attack.
Making hoax threats and false reports is a class A misdemeanor, under the Texas Penal Code section 42.06. The crime is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
The Lewisville Texan Journal urges readers to contact police if they become aware of any threats, or spot anything suspicious. For emergencies, call 9-1-1. The non-emergency number for Lewisville Police is 972-219-3600.