Police Cite Laramie Youths for Posting ‘Creepy Clown’ Threats
Two children were cited Wednesday after an investigation by the Laramie Police Department into threats made against Laramie Junior High School.
The threats themselves were evidently a hoax.
Laramie police Lt. Gwen Smith says officers determined the social media posts which prompted increased security at Laramie schools Wednesday came from two local youths. Smith announced the investigation was completed Wednesday afternoon.
Because they are juveniles, officials are not releasing their names.
Laramie Junior High School implemented lockout procedures after a parent told the principal about the threat around 7 a.m. Wednesday.
However, LHS Principal Stacy Bush reportedly emailed her staff sometime after 11 a.m. Wednesday and emphasized the school was not on lockout.
Nelson said he called principals at both schools around noon Wednesday to have the lockout lifted.
Nelson and Bush were in respective meetings Wednesday afternoon and were not able to respond to requests for clarification. We will update this story if we learn more.
Nelson again confirmed Wednesday afternoon that both Laramie High School and Laramie Junior High School implemented lockout procedures. He describes the action at Laramie High School as a "modified lockout," saying the steps taken increased security but did not amount to a full lockout. Bush has not responded to requests for comment.
The district put out a notification to parents and guardians in the form of an email, text and phone call shortly after 11 a.m. Many parents took to social media to express frustration about the late notice, which came nearly four hours after police began their investigation.
Superintendent Jubal Yennie said it took district officials time to verify facts and speak with police in order to put out an informative release that would not cause panic.
"We need to verify specific instances before we start sending out inaccurate information," Yennie said Wednesday.
"We have to understand the entire situation, and we have to notify and understand the other agencies we're working with in town so we get accurate information out," Yennie said. "We certainly don't want to send other information out and then create all sorts of questions."
Yennie says it's important for parents to talk to their kids about this so-called 'creepy clown' phenomenon and other issues spreading across the country.
"Parents can address that with their students to not overreact and don't be part of the problem," Yennie said.