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"Unfortunately, clown-themed posturing has been a growing trend throughout the country, particularly on social media." the district wrote in a statement to parents.

"There are many other emergencies and calls for service that troopers and other first responders need to get to without being misdirected to a prank", CT state troopers said in a statement.

Kent State spokesman Eric Mansfield said, "Kent State police have been responding to calls about rumors of a possible clown sighting on campus on Monday evening and early Tuesday morning".

According to an Associated Press report from late September numerous clown sightings that have been reported to date are hoaxes, like the four young children who told police they made up stories about spotting clowns in unusual places in and around Annapolis, Maryland, or the 24-year-old man whom police in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, charged with falsely reporting that a clown knocked on his window.

Rose Marie Ballard, who's a mother of five, says she became a clown to spread joy.

"There is a sense that there is some evil force out there that we have to organize together to attack", said Dustin Kidd, a sociologist and pop culture expert at Temple University.

"Wower the Clown" and "Grandma Hugs" make a living being silly and putting a smile on people's faces.

"In addition to the general fear that this clown business can cause, there is a cost", officers said. Other posts say the clown was near U.S. Grant High School. "Students on campus should report any concerns to school administration".

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If you see any suspicious act or anything out of the ordinary, authorities advise you to not take the situation into your own hands and to contact police immediately.

And it's not just at colleges.

The reports have varied in nature and some of them have been deemed to be false.

In West Bend, a call to police from the father of a Badger Middle School student, alarmed about a message the student received from a self-identified clown, led to a 12-year-old girl being taken into custody. They are unfamiliar and come from a different era.

There are plenty of social media videos that have gone viral of creepy clowns chasing people, scaring them, and some even carrying weapons.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, some stated that a clown would arrive at the school and "shoot all students and teachers", while another threat stated they "weren't clowning around".

"Creepy clowns" have been in the national news a lot lately, with reports from towns throughout the country.

"There is no question that whoever is promulgating this is making threats", Harries said.

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