Creepy Clown is Threatening Elementary Students in Waukesha
Allegedly a clown has been threatening elementary students in Waukesha through a smartphone app.
Police said the threat was not real so students have been at school today.
The app used is called musically. It allows you to lip sing and make music videos.
But a creepy clown is making threats on the app. The clown is saying they will attack and murder students at the school.
Students at Hawthorne using the app got a threatening message from the clown.
The principal sent a message to parents today.
Dear Families,I want to reach out to all of you today to fill you in on an incident that happened recently on an appcalled musical.ly. This app has a messaging feature that allows students to send messages to eachother anonymously. It came to our attention that this app was being used to bully or frighten otherstudents. Several of our students received a message that mentioned threats to our school. At thispoint a parent alerted building administration who then alerted district administration and theWaukesha Police. Police responded immediately, conducted an investigation and determined thatthe threat was not credible. However, we remained vigilant and continued to monitor student iPadusage and building wide safety. The Waukesha Police Department and School District ITDepartment are working to identify the source of these messages.Since the initial incident, we have been in communication with the district regarding the removal ofthis app from all student devices, which will take place this week. We want to stress that thesedevices, while they are powerful tools for learning, also require monitoring by parents when thedevices come home every evening. Your support in reviewing your child’s online activity supports usall in keeping our students safe.The safety of your children is our top priority. If at any point we or the Waukesha Police Departmentfelt that there was a credible threat we would have immediately followed district and buildingprotocol and safety plans and sent a message home to parents. The purpose of this communication,is to inform all Hawthorne families of the instance that occurred and to reassure the entireHawthorne STEM community that students are safe.If you have any questions, at any point in time, please don’t hesitate to contact me.Duy NguyenPrincipal Hawthorne STEM Elementary School
“They were saying I'm going to find you. I know where you live. Some girl called the police who is my friend. She said the clown said her full address,” said a 6th grader.
Police are working with the IT department to figure out who may have sent the message.
In the meantime, the school encourages parents to monitor what their children are doing online.
For month now, the creepy clown sightings have proven to be a menace for police departments across the country.
In recent months, a West Bend girl was arrested for making what was perceived as a threat on social media as a clown.
Sheboygan Police also picked up a man who was dressed as a clown and wandering a neighborhood with a knife.