Recently, there have been multiple reports in the local and national media about threats to schools. You may have seen on the news information about “creepy clown sightings.” Some of the reports in the media have threatening messages that are posted with pictures of creepy clowns.
On Tuesday, October 4th we found a threatening message written on a wall at Quincy High School that appeared to share some of the same characteristics with those reported in the media. Law enforcement was immediately called and they are helping us investigate the incident. We perceive this threat to be linked to some of the scare tactics being used around the nation on social media. The goal of the individuals spreading these threats is to cause disruption in schools and scare people. Law enforcement in Quincy and across the country, have found no credibility in any of the threats being made as part of this hoax. However, making a threat against a school is a crime. Whether a message is posted by someone a thousand miles away who is randomly picking schools or a student who is hoping to have classes cancelled, any and all threats made in connection to this hoax - or any other situation - are treated seriously and reported to law enforcement.
If you see something, please say something, and if you see a threat against a school share it with the school district. While the "clown danger" appears to be nothing but a hoax, a threat against a school is a crime.
Safety is always our number one priority and we take all security matters very seriously. We are working with Quincy Police and will have an additional police presence in and around our schools for the remainder of the week so that staff, students and parents feel safe. Please do not hesitate to call your school’s principal or the district office. We are happy to talk to you more about any concerns you may have.