SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – A Spartanburg High School student has been disciplined after a threatening post on Instagram referring to a “Bill the Clown.”
According to Spartanburg School District 7, this post was associated with a separate post about a “CJ the Clown” that the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office says originated in Frankfurt, NY.
“While we hoped the social media posts on Instagram were not credible, we’ve taken it as seriously as we take any threat to the safety of our students and our schools,” District 7 spokesperson Salley Hammond said.
Spartanburg High School has continued its normal schedule and the district says it notified parents and families about the incident and increased security measures at the school.
The district says they cannot give any information about the minor, but says the student was subject to the school’s disciplinary code and the district has no tolerance for the “unacceptable behavior.”
Threats were also made against Dorman High School, which is in Spartanburg School District 6.
District 6 informed parents and students that people involved in the recent “clown” threats have been identified. Although authorities don’t consider the threats credible, District 6 spokesperson Cynthia Robinson said that “due to the seriousness of these actions, law enforcement and school officials are currently dealing with the individuals involved. As an added precaution, District Six will continue to take additional safety measures during Friday night’s football game against Spartanburg High School. We will continue to work with the sheriff’s department as they continue this ongoing investigation.”
The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office has told the school districts that they don’t believe the threats are credible.