Thursday morning, Finley School officials released a statement concerning verbal and social media threats about 'clown' activities in their district and the surrounding community. The statement read as follows:

"Finley Sch. Dist.: Finley School District has received verbal and social media concerns regarding the potential threat of "clown activity" in the district and surrounding communities. School districts across Washington State are dealing with similar reports. All reports of potential threats are taken seriously by the District. We are in contact with the Benton County Sheriff and the School Resource Officer, and are following the safety procedures that are in place. Students, staff, and families are asked to notify police of any unusual or suspicious activity. Parents should remind children to follow their safe walking routes and report concerns to a trusted adult."

No other details or information was released. This comes on the heels of the Highland High School in Cowiche, WA (near Yakima) closing Wednesday due to what Yakima Sheriff's said were 'credible serious threats' made involving clown activity towards the school and students. Two Yakima School District students are now in custody facing charges for that threat.

Kennewick Schools issued a statement Wednesday concerning the 'clown activity' issue after being swamped with calls from concerned parents.