4:50 p.m. PDT October 7, 2016
The ‘scary clown’ phenomenon has put some local school districts, students and families on guard.
Rumors have circulated via social media about people dressing as clowns and threatening or committing violent behavior, and some students and parents are saying they may take matters into their own hands.
Local school districts have taken precautionary measures to assure the safety of their students. Many school districts are working with law enforcement officials to be more visible in schools.
The districts are encouraging families to have a discussion about safety and appropriate behaviors in schools and responsible posting on social media.
Salem-Keizer School District
A rumor was reported Friday to the Statesman Journal that the North Salem v. South Salem high school football game, scheduled for Friday night at North Salem, was going to be cancelled due to clown-related threats.
District spokesman Jay Remy said the game is still on, and athletic directors from both schools confirmed that.
“We don’t anticipate needing extra security,” Remy said. “Every game has two police officers there (already).”
Remy said many school administrators from both high and middle schools, and other staff, attend every game.
“If we ever needed to, we could call in extra security from the private firm we have a contract with,” he said. “But we are not anticipating any problems. We hope people will come enjoy the game.”