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Cuyahoga Falls, Woodridge school districts respond to clown postings on social media

Published: October 10, 2016 5:37 PM

The Cuyahoga Falls and Woodridge school district leaders worked with law enforcement officials to address clown postings on social media Sunday.

Both Cuyahoga Falls City School District Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols and Woodridge Local School District Superintendent Walter Davis issued all-calls to district homes at about 6 p.m. Sunday notifying them "we have been made aware of postings by someone posing as a clown on social media mentioning our schools and others in the community."

Both superintendents said they had worked with local law enforcement officials "to identify those involved."

Both Nichols and Davis said they were planning to have "an increased presence of local police at our schools as we resume classes [Monday]."

About two hours after the initial call on Sunday, Nichols and Davis both sent out another call saying that the people responsible "have identified themselves and that the social media posts have been deleted."

"The authorities have been notified and we will be working with them [Monday] to impose the appropriate consequences and disciplinary measures," added Nichols and Davis in their calls. "[We] urge all of you to talk with your children about the dangers of social media, the consequences of using it inappropriately and the legal and social implications that can result."

Nichols and Davis both noted there have been news stories around the country about people dressed as clowns "causing problems in communities across the country. In some communities, arrests have been made."


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