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Instagram continues to be platform utilized in 'clown' threats, postings

Instagram continues to be a platform utilized by those with the intent to cause residents concern amid a recent wave of clown threats. PHOTO: MGN

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.--Instagram continues to be a platform utilized by those with the intent to cause residents concern amid a recent wave of clown threats.

In the wake of two high schools being placed on lock out in Nashville this week following clown threats, a Murfreesboro woman filed a suspicious activity report with police on Thursday after finding a 'clown' account on Instagram asking for "school suggestions?"

The woman reported she became "frightened" due to one account's picture along with a comment that posed the question "school suggestions." She says another user posted the name of a middle school in Murfreesboro, and then others added comments with other schools both in and outside of the county.

No threats of violence were made in the postings but the woman filed a report because she was "alarmed."

Murfreesboro Police wrote in the report there are "numerous user names/groups involving clowns and Murfreesboro in Instagram."

The platform continues to be a place where "clown" postings are made, as was the case this week when Antioch High School and Glencliff High School were placed on lock out, out of an “abundance of caution” following social media posts.

While the posts in question were not confirmed. FOX Nashville found a post on Instagram and a mother of a student in the district shared a threatening post her child received via Instagram which was used threatening terminology. Despite the postings, no arrests and no credible threats have been reported.

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