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Greensboro police investigating after social media posts suggest clowns will attack schools

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Greensboro police are investigating posts made on Instagram that suggest clowns will attack Greensboro schools, according to a news release.

The posts read in part: “… we will be going to schools in Greensboro!! Starting with northeast highschool to kernodle middle school to eastern Guilford high to northwest high to grimsley to western Guilford be expecting lock downs we will be close and ready to attack because? WE ARE NOT CLOWING AROUND!!”

Police have not been able to determine the intent behind the messages, or determine who is behind the profile.

“It is possible that these messages may be someone’s attempt at humor, or misguided effort to disrupt school,” said Capt. Nathaniel Davis who commands the Greensboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. “Regardless, we treating them seriously and attempting to locate the people who posted the messages.”

Greensboro County Schools Chief of Staff Nora Carr said Thursday, "It is frustrating that these efforts to disrupt our communities and schools are continuing. As a community, we need to stand against anyone who is frightening children and families in order to disrupt schools and seek media attention. We ask that anyone with information about these social media postings and rumors to share it with the police by contacting CrimeStoppers. In the meantime, we ask everyone to remain vigilant, and we commend our students, staff and parents for staying calm during this challenging time.”

“It is possible that these messages may be someone’s attempt at humor, or misguided effort to disrupt school,” said Capt. Nathaniel Davis who commands the Greensboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. “Regardless, we treating them seriously and attempting to locate the people who posted the messages.”

The series of three messages under the profile name ‘greensboroclowns’ was posted shortly after midnight, and reported to police several minutes later by a concerned parent. Since then, other residents have passed along the disturbing posts to police, or reported them to 911.

School officials and school resource officers from the Greensboro Police Department and Guilford County Sheriff’s Office are aware of the messages and say they remain vigilant for any suspicious activity. Officials are also collaborating on the investigation.