Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Another rash of clown-related threats have several local school districts on alert Monday.

The Parkway, Ferguson-Florissant, Hazelwood, Pattonville and Mehlville school districts have all reported such threats in recent days, and while district officials are questioning their credibility, they aren’t taking any chances.

One threat, posted on Facebook by someone using the name “Clowning Around”, reads verbatim: “Monday were going to west high Lawson Elementary school northwest middle central high and pattionville were killing the teachers and kidnapping the kids! WE ARE NOT PLAYING.”

“The biggest thing,” says Pattonville Superintendent Mike Fulton, “is taking the threat seriously, but not overreacting.”

Fulton was outside Pattonville High School as students arrived Monday morning. A single Maryland Heights police car sat at the entrance, but Fulton says that’s not unusual.

He says the goal is to cause as little disruption to the school day as possible.

“It doesn’t cause any major problems,” he says. “It’s just the staff becomes more vigilant about watching out for anything that might be unusual. Other than that, school goes on as normal.”

The districts are working with police to track down who’s posting the threats.

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