With the freakish clown trend creeping people out across the nation and here in CT, state police are issuing a warning about the consequences of actions perceived to be threatening.
Bailey said she called the Glendale Police Department’s non-emergency number as was told she was the third call received about the clown.
But now “creepy clown” sightings have been reported in 20 states, with several arrests in the NY and New Jersey area.
“I just love their smiles, and when their eyes get wide open”, Said Susan White-eagle, a local women who makes some extra money going to birthday parties as a clown.
Since then, the trend spread as police across the country are receiving reports of costumed clowns walking around and scaring people.
“In addition to the general fear that this clown business can cause, there is a cost”, officers said. They compared these incidents to swatting cases in which police are being misdirected to investigate pranks.
The photo circulated across social media, leading concerned individuals to flood the police department, the school and School District 25 with phone calls.
Bethany said it was the first time she had seen the clown, which has a white face with blacked-out eyes and smeared makeup. The district sent a voice message to inform parents that the threats are a hoax and suggested they discourage their children from interacting with unknown people on social media.
When we think of clowns, we think of the friendly, silly, and amusing characters that bring joy and laughter to just about everyone.
“Creepy clown” encounters are also on the rise in the state since last week.
The warning comes after a 14-year-old Roselle Park student was charged for allegedly posting a threat online involving a clown and Roselle Park schools.
At Greenwood Elementary in Waukegan, kids told police three people in clown masks taunted them over a fence during recess.
Pennridge Regional police said they have been made aware of the situation and are actively investigating.