UPDATE: Clown at Tahoma School
Student Expelled From Tahoma for Clown Mask
With all the craziness about the ‘Creepy Clowns’ going on nationwide it looks as if it has hit home last week. On Tuesday, October 4, a staff member of Tahoma High School saw a person in a car in the parking lot wearing a clown mask. School security was notified and they went out to the parking lot and found a car with four students. Two of the students, whom were juniors, had clown masks and they were removed from the vehicle and taken into the school. The other two students were let go.
The two students did not have any weapons and there weren’t any threats to the public, but they were expelled and have the right to appeal. Notices were sent out from the Tahoma School District notifying parents about the incident through letters and Facebook.
Other sightings of ‘creepy clowns’ have trickled down though social media, and while they are being investigated, it is believed that the sightings are merely kids playing pranks.
Tahoma High School and district officials had seen social media posts connected to clowns and violence Monday night and were investigating them in conjunction with police.
This morning, a school resource officer was already on campus when a staff member spotted someone before school started wearing a clown mask in a car in the parking lot.
The officer responded immediately, drew his weapon, and placed the student under arrest. It was determined that the student had no weapon and there was no threat. Most students were not yet at school.
We temporarily held buses from coming to campus or delivering students for a few minutes until we determined that there was no threat, then students were delivered as usual.
Four students were in the car and are being investigated. The student wearing the clown mask is facing discipline. The high school is back on its normal schedule.