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October 7, 2016

Dear Salinas City Elementary School staff and community, 

There is a growing trend on Social Media sweeping across the nation regarding“clown scare tactics”.  Reports show that individuals show up to schools and public places dressed as scary clowns. There have not been any reported incidents of violence in any of these occurrences, but what causes concern are the threatening posts made on social media.  

Last night, SCESD was contacted by Monterey County Office of Education that there is another Facebook post showcasing a scary clown and threatening violence against neighboring school districts within Monterey County.  According to Salinas PD, these posts are considered ambiguous and non-credible.

As you know, we had a similar threat last week.  The safety of our children, teachers and school community is our number one priority.  We have been in contact with Salinas PD about the most recent threats, and they are well aware of this growing trend.  The District is on heightened alert, we have maintenance personnel on school sites, and we are asking our students and community not to engage with or respond to any comments made on social media.  If you see something, please notify the District office immediately and we will update the authorities.


Martha Martinez,


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