Scores of Frightening Clown Sightings, Threats Reported Across the Country

Frightening clown encounters and social media threats are flooding police departments and schools nationwide. Here's a look at some of the many reported incidents across the country.

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Authorities in Suffolk County and the Ulster County village of Ellenville in New York and Toms River and Pohatcong in New Jersey said that they'd received reports of creepy clowns in recent days in what appears to be the latest in a nationwide trend of reports of clown sightings.
A 13-year-old girl as well as a 14-year-old boy were arrested for allegedly making social media posts threatening violent attacks against students in Washington Township, New Jersey.
A school in a far north Chicago suburb was on lockdown Tuesday afternoon after children told school staff that three people in clown masks, two of them possibly armed, threatened to “kill them” while they were at recess, police said.
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A number of northwest Indiana schools are on high alert after threats appearing to be from clowns were made against students at several schools in the area. The threats include schools in both Hobart and Hammond, police said.
A 14-year-old student at Columbus North International School was reportedly chased by a clown with a knife as he was on his way to a bus stop.
Police in North Carolina say a man with a machete chased a person wearing a clown mask into the woods near an apartment complex.
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An investigation into a flood of social media posts threatening violent attacks on Philadelphia schools by clowns led police to a 13-year-old girl who says she made some of the posts as a prank, authorities said.
Two middle schools in west suburban Chicago were the subjects of a “social media hoax involving a clown persona,” school officials said.
Police in one town have warned teens and young adults not to dress up as clowns, saying "eventually someone is going to perceive their actions as a threat and take justice in their own hands."
Two people were arrested and some Ohio schools were closed amid a rash of reported threats involving clowns against students in three suburban Cincinnati districts.
Recent mysterious sightings of creepy clowns in the Carolinas have triggered fears among local residents. North Carolina had a wave of reported clown sightings, in areas near Greensboro and Winston-Salem. In South Carolina, police in Lexington also received reports, including multiple sightings in which two individuals, one dressed as a clown and the other as a bear, reportedly tried to convince children to get into their vehicle. Theories that this is part of a viral marketing scheme have been bounced around online, and so far, none of the alleged clowns has been caught committing an actual crime.
Residents in Green Bay, Wisconsin, were confused and seriously creeped out by a mysterious clown that was spotted roaming through the streets in the darkness of the night.
Police in Hamilton Township, New Jersey announced the arrest of a 13-year-old boy from Mays Landing in connection with clown threats on social media.
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