There have been several inquiries on social media about possible school threats in the Mesa area this week. As a result, the Mesa Police Department and Mesa Public School District have released the following statements.
“The Mesa Police Department was notified of possible threats against a group of schools in Mesa earlier this week. The threats were related to ‘Let’s Play’ Clown Threats and were not determined to be a viable threat,” said Sgt. Diana Williams, a spokesperson for the Mesa Police Department. “Investigators have been aggressively working with authorities from Mesa Public Schools to obtain information on those responsible. Mesa Police will arrest and charge individual/s responsible for these threats once they are identified. Additional patrol and security has been and will continue to be in and around schools throughout the Mesa area.”
Mesa police are encouraging parents to be aware of their children’s activity on electronic devices. Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 480-644-2211.
“Student and staff safety is Mesa Public Schools’ top priority,” said Helen Hollands, public information officer for Mesa Public Schools. “We are aware that unsubstantiated rumors threatening select district schools have been circulating on social media. No schools have been placed in lockdown due to the threats. District and school leadership are working closely with Mesa police in their investigation”