Police Investigating Social Media Posting of Clown Threats in Greensboro

(Last Updated On: October 14, 2016)

Greensboro police are investigating posts on the social media platform Instagram that indicate clowns will attack Greensboro schools.
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!!”
At this stage of the investigation, police cannot determine the intent behind the messages, nor verify the identity of the person or persons 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.”
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 GM 911.
School officials and School Resource Officers from the Greensboro Police Department and Guilford County Sheriff’s Office are aware of the messages and remain vigilant for any suspicious activity. Officials are also collaborating on the investigation.