Charges filed against 14-year-old who made ‘creepy clown’ threats against HISD school


HOUSTON — Charges have been filed against a 14-year-old boy who allegedly used clown images on social media to post threats against an HISD school, district officials confirm.

The identity of the teen, who is charged with making a terroristic threat, is not being released because he is a juvenile.

The charge was filed based on evidence gathered through a Houston ISD Police Department investigation into multiple threats against schools. Similar threats have been made against schools throughout the nation using various anonymous social media accounts.

Officials say it all may have been one big hoax, and released the following statement:

The Houston ISD Police Department is monitoring social media posts making non-specific threats against several schools. Similar threats have been reported by schools across the nation in recent days.

The threats have been posted anonymously using accounts with a clown image and are believed to be part of a national hoax.

“We take threats against our schools seriously, and our officers are actively investigating this criminal matter,” said HISD Police Chief Robert Mock. “At this time, there is no evidence that the threats are credible. Students are safe, and all HISD employees are being vigilant.”

Some of the threats were posted on a Twitter account for @SmileyTheClown, where someone interacted and responded to people asking questions. It has not been confirmed if the Smiley the Clown threats were made by the 14-year-old, or if he used a different account.




Many HISD parents were alarmed Friday morning after administrators sent out an ambiguous message alerting families of a possible shooting threat on several schools. Extra officers were  assigned to patrol the area as a precautionary measure.

On Friday, the concern was for campuses including Holub, Grady and O’Donell middle schools; as well as, Elsik, Northside and Westside high schools. An alert was issued around 10 a.m. Friday after finding a non-specific threat against its institutions and several others across the region on social media, the district said.