Miscommunication between family members caused concerns at area schools

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CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Area school corporations went on lockout in Clinton and surrounding counties after a shooting threat was made Friday morning to teachers and students. But Frankfort police have found there was no threat and it was only a miscommunication between family members.

Detectives thoroughly investigated the incident and spoke with individuals directly involved. They said it appears the threat was a miscommunication about the social media driven clown threat and evolved into a school shooting concern.

According to Deputy Chief Scott Shoemaker with the Frankfort Police Department, the report of a threat was received early this morning. The threat regarded shooting teachers and students, but no specific school was mentioned.

Police said there is no evidence to suggest that students or staff are in danger.

Frankfort Police Chief Troy Bacon said they have not seen any clowns and added clowns are not a threat to residents. They do not believe any schools are in danger at this time and are informing all of the schools.

Earlier Friday morning, Community Schools of Frankfort Superintendent Don DeWeese would not comment on the threat, but the school did confirm a uniformed officer will be placed outside of every school in its district.

Delphi Community School Corporation Superintendent Greg Briles told News 18 all their schools were placed under lockout in relation to the incident. However, Carroll County schools remained unaffected.

Montgomery County School Corporation officials told us their school is always on lockout, but they will be extra vigilant Friday. They also said they have a school resource officer staffed everyday.

Officials at Sheridan Community Schools in Hamilton County say they have notified parents via email and text and are on heightened alert, but not on lockout. They are increasing patrols outside the school.