SOUTHLAKE (CBSDFW) – The city of Southlake says they now have reported clown sightings.READ MORE: Denton High School Pep Rally Canceled Due To 'Unsubstantiated Threat' On Social Media
The Southlake Police Department says they responded Monday night to two calls of individuals dressed as clowns in the area of Cherry Lane as well as the area of Pearson and Johnson Road.
Police say the individuals left the area before officers arrived.
The city says the school district resource officers are are aware of these incidents and are working to educate students on the inherent dangers of this type of activity. They also encourage students to report any information they may have regarding these incidents.
Mansfield ISD released a statement Tuesday saying that they also are investigating reports of creepy clowns at a few of their schools.
“The safety of our students and staff is always our top priority. Mansfield ISD Police are investigating all of the reports they receive. They are also working in cooperation with neighboring police departments to handle the incidents. Please know that none of the threats have been proven to have any validity; however, we take each threat very seriously. If you have any incidents to report concerning Mansfield ISD schools, please contact the Mansfield ISD Police Department immediately at 817-299-6000 so that they can investigate it.”
Monday morning there were reports of a “clown threat” targeting Skyline High School. Officials were unable to confirm if the threat was credible, however.READ MORE: Duncanville ISD Going Door-To-Door To Encourage High School Seniors Back To Class
The clown sighting in Southlake is the second incident in North Texas confirmed by police.
Officials with the Fort Worth Police Department say they got an unusual call around 11:30 Sunday night. The caller told officers that someone was dressed up as a clown, and running and screaming down Melanie Lane in north Fort Worth.
And police have a warning for people intent on dressing up like clowns who are up to no good — don’t. Here’s a statement as to why:
“No one dressed in clown attire has committed an offense that we know of in Fort Worth. However, there have been calls received by the Fort Worth Police Department about people dressed as clowns causing disturbances that are frightening our citizens. One such call occurred near IH35W and Western Center where a person dressed as a clown was seen screaming and running down a sidewalk. At this time, these incidents seem to be pranks carried out by people intent on creating fear and not necessarily committing criminal acts. The people carrying out these pranks should be aware that their acts could cross the line into criminal activity and they could be subject to arrest. Also, in this day and age, the general public is hyper-vigilant and more willing to protect themselves and their families using force if necessary. Anyone willing to go out into the public in a clown costume bent on committing intimidation and fear should be prepared for the possible consequences. The Fort Worth Police Department would implore those who have been doing these acts to stop immediately and those who have contemplated doing these acts to reconsider and refrain from participating in a dangerous game that could get someone hurt.”
Alas, no one was hurt in either incident. Fort Worth Police said they didn’t make an official report since no evidence of a crime exists.
Reports of clowns began surfacing across the country in August. In Ohio, clown related threats on social media put one school on lockdown, and forced an entire school district to cancel classes for a day. Kids in South Carolina reported similar eerie sightings of clowns in the woods.
Nationwide, police are examining each threat but said many of them appear to be nothing more than hoaxes.MORE NEWS: After Canceling In 2020, Addison Oktoberfest Is Back With Thousands Expected This Weekend
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