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October 5, 2016

Statement regarding clown reports

The district has received phone calls and messages from parents regarding the growing number of reports throughout the nation about "clowns," specifically individuals dressing up like clowns and walking around in an attempt to draw attention or scare individuals. These behaviors are likely intended as a joke, or hoax, to scare individuals.

Understandably, parents are concerned about any potential threats directed at Kennewick schools and any extra precautions staff are taking.

There have been no substantiated threats made to Kennewick schools at this time. Administrators are in regular contact with Kennewick Police and they are actively monitoring the situation. The district also has a well-tested notification system in place with Kennewick Police to communicate any type of threat such as a bomb or a student making threats of violence. This allows administrators to communicate and make decisions very quickly to protect staff and students while causing the least amount of disruption to the learning process at the schools as possible.

Kennewick Police remind community members to always be aware of their surroundings and practice good situational awareness at all times. If something appears suspicious or out of the ordinary, go to a safe and secure location where others are present. Contact local law enforcement agency by calling 911 or non-emergency (509) 628-0333.