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Jared Leingang, Online Reporter
Early Oct. 4 school officials canceled classes at Emerald Ridge High School, and Glacier View Junior High, while Rogers High School was placed on modified lockdown due to un-related threats.
The threat, according to the Puyallup Police Department’s Facebook page, originated on a forum in Europe. Authorities in Washington D.C. were notified and advised local police. The FBI are involved in the investigation.
The threat was focused solely towards ERHS, and due to the close proximity of GVJH, it was canceled for the day, according to the department.
Puyallup Police say they’ve arrested one person who was connected to the threats at ERHS.
School Threats Update: The FBI has now joined in the investigation into the school threat to ERHS. Detectives are actively working the case
— Puyallup Police (@PuyallupPD) October 4, 2016
The Puyallup Police Department tweeted that clowns weren’t the cause of the threats and isn’t related to the incident.
Recently people have been dressing up as clowns and causing public unrest around the United States beginning with reports in August of clowns luring kids into forests in Greenville County, South Carolina.
Rogers was placed under modified lockdown due to text message threats from an alleged clown, according to The News Tribune.
Students reported seeing clowns in the nearby woods, and one clown allegedly had a knife. The students were restricted to the school and extra security was provided by Pierce County Sheriff Department.
Pierce County Sheriff Department reportedly confiscated clown masks after investigating near the school. This is coming after clown sightings have increased in the Pierce County and South Hill area, with a total of 17 reportedly seen since Sept. 1 and 11 in the last four days, according to The News Tribune.
Police say the clown masks are not related to the modified lockdown of Rogers.
For updates on these events follow the Puyallup Police Department’s Twitter account.
Jared Leingang is a reporter for The Puyallup Post. Leingang may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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