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Clowns/Security

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Dear Families/Caregivers and Staff,

In the news there has been a rash of local and national “creepy clown” sightings and threats on social media. Principals have been receiving phone calls regarding clowns and our procedures; therefore, this email will serve as a response to your inquiries.

Please note we are being diligent and proactive working with the Montclair Police Department to ensure security throughout our buildings and grounds.

We ask that you please talk to your children about the dangers of copycat behavior. Recently in New Jersey incidents of social media threats by students alleging their actions were “just a prank,” have led to their arrests for cyber harassment and terroristic threats. Any threatening email or post on social media will be investigated by the police, and the person responsible risks legal consequences, regardless if the intent was harmless, a hoax, or copycat in nature.

With Halloween just a few weeks away, I am asking for your cooperation in not allowing your children to dress up as clowns at any school event due to the possible disruption and fear it may cause. If anyone shows up with a clown related costume, they will be asked to change or sent home.

You can be assured that your children’s safety is our utmost priority. Don’t hesitate to report any suspicious behaviors and if you see anything or hear anything, notify the Montclair Police immediately.

Thanking you in advance for your support and cooperation.

Sincerely,

Ron Bolandi
Interim Superintendent

Updated: 9/25/2017