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AVUSD responds to threat of "clowning"

posted Oct 5, 2016, 8:12 AM by Kristin Hernandez   [ updated Oct 5, 2016, 12:46 PM ]

AVUSD is aware of a threat posted to social media toward schools across the Victor Valley regarding “clowning”, a recent nation-wide phenomenon in which individuals dress as clowns to harass communities and to disrupt schools.  AVUSD takes threats seriously and is working with the Apple Valley Sheriff’s department and Apple Valley School District Police department, who are actively investigating the post.  The safety of our students, staff and families is our top priority and the district will remain vigilant. There will be an increased police presence throughout the district. All schools are open and will operate under normal Student Early Release Day (normal Wednesday) schedule.


Update: "Clowning" includes dressing up as a scary clown and terrorizing/harassing people--the definition is very vague and can include a wide range of threats from minor to serious. We are continuing to investigate the posting and determine the specific nature of the threat. Here are some current definitions you may find helpful:

If you see anything suspicious, whether it be in person or on social media, please contact School Police at 760-961-0672 immediately. We appreciate our community for being vigilant and helping our district as we work together to keep our children safe.

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El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Apple Valley está al tanto de la amenaza que ha sido puesta en las redes sociales hacia las escuelas de Victor Valley, respecto a algo conocido como “Clowning” que es un fenómeno reciente para distraer a las escuelas. El Distrito Unificado de Apple Valley trata todas las amenazas serias y está trabajando con el Departamento de Alguaciles  del Distrito Unificado de Apple Valley, quienes están actualmente investigando lo que se ha puesto en las redes sociales. La seguridad de nuestros estudiante, trabajadores y familias es nuestra prioridad y el Distrito se mantendrá vigilante. Habrá un aumento de policia presente a través del Distrito. Todas las escuelas están abiertas y operan bajo el horario de dia mínimo (de los miércoles).
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