Threat posted on clown Facebook page prompts letters to parents

Extra police officers patrolled Westside High School in Houston

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HOUSTON – Parents whose children attend a high school in Houston received a letter about a threat made against the school on a Facebook page used by a group called "Aint Clownin Around."

The threat against Westside High School was posted Thursday on a page that has since been deactivated. It threatened that the group would be at schools Friday to either kidnap students, or kill teachers going to their cars.


Another social media page listed seven schools in southeast Texas, apparently in connection with the other threat, calling those locations "main targets."

Officials sent a letter to parents about the threat.

"This is Principal Stewart at Westside High School to inform you of an anonymous threat social media made against schools, including ours, which has been circulating in the region and in other states," the letter said. "We immediately notified (Houston Independent School District) Police, and officers determined the threat was not credible. However, HISD Police have assigned extra officers to patrol our campus as a precautionary measure."

The letter went on to say that visitor access will be restricted Friday to only essential school staff, and that extra HISD police officers are patrolling the campus today.

A similar letter was sent to parents of students at Northside High School and Tanglewood Middle School, as well.

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