“Creepy Clowns” reach Nimitz HS

ALDINE – The national phenomenon known as the “Creepy Clown” threat has reached Nimitz High School, according to authorities.

Last Friday, Sept. 30 the school received a threat by way of Instagram, from a clown that warned he would be on the Nimitz campus that day with unspecified evil intent. After the message was discovered, Instagram voluntarily took down the posting.

In actuality, no occurence or unusual activity was seen, but Aldine ISD sent a warning to Nimitz students on Friday, and another to all parents in the district on Monday.

They also increased security at the campus, according to spokesperson Mike Keeney. However, it was determined after investigation that there was no real danger, and the whole episode was a hoax.

Nimitz was not alone as a target of this threat. Spring, Humble, and Houston school districts also received threats, and in Houston a 14 year old student at Houston ISD was arrested for perpetrating the warning message. He was charged with making terroristic threats against a school on social media, using a clown image.

Other frightening clown incidents have been reported in recent weeks, both locally and nationally.