Clown Update: WH Weighs In on Creepy Clown Epidemic, 'Clown Riot' at Penn State, More Sightings
Police are now saying that the Ohio woman who reported being attacked by a knife-wielding clown made the whole thing up as an excuse to get out of work.
Police say they found "inconsistencies" in an 18-year-old Reading woman's story and charged her with making a false alarm, a misdemeanor.
More Clown Threats Against Schools:
The clown menace finally reached California this week as Oakland and Fairfield school districts grappled with creepy clown threats on social media.
Grange Middle School Principal Christine Harrison wrote in a letter posted on the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District website that police found no “credible threat” to the school but that officers would be on the premises as a “precautionary measure.”
Via NBC San Diego:
Fairfield Police Sgt. Jeff Osgood told NBC Bay Area on Tuesday that two school resource officers are on each campus, and that parents shouldn't worry. "Your children are safe," he said.
Osgood also urged students interacting with the person behind the Twitter handle to stop.
"These threats would qualify as terrorist threats under California Penal Code, and that will make them a felony," he said.
One of the tweets, sent at 5:40 p.m. on Monday said: “Fairfield we coming, Grange Middle School and Fairfield High School get ready Tuesday(Oct 4th) At 10:30 am. Happy Clowning hehe.”
On Tuesday evening, Osgood pointed out that it was "well past" 10:30 a.m. and there were still "no signs of clowns."
In Illinois, a school was put on lockdown over clown threats.
A school in Waukegan, Illinois was put on lockdown Tuesday after several students reported seeing clowns taunting them outside. Students said one clown had a knife, one had a briefcase and the third one seemed to have a gun, though it’s not clear whether the weapons were real or props, police said. “The children also reported that the clowns threatened to return Friday to kill them,” Commander Joe Florip of the Waukegan Police Department told local media. Nick Alajakas, spokesman for Waukegan Community Unit School District 60, said the school was recently mentioned in social media posts about the creepy clowns. “It's all part of this national thing going on with creepy killer clowns,” Alajakas said. Police in two other cities – North Chicago and Round Lake – said they were increasing patrols of local schools after “clown-related” threats were made on social media.
In the capital region of New York, clowns posted bomb threats against two school districts on social media.
- The Saratoga County Sheriff's Department informed the Shenendehowa Central School District overnight that they were one of several schools listed in a bomb threat posted online by a group referred to as "clowns."
- The North Colonie Central School District says they became aware late Sunday night of a similar threat against Shaker High School. In this case, the school district says the threat came from a "clown" Twitter account.
Police were investigating and maintaining an increased presence around those schools on Monday.