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Creepy clown craze leads to local school ban, arrests

The first sighting of a clown was in South Carolina back in August has now turned into a nationwide concern.

Reported sightings slowly made their way into neighboring states including Ohio.

It would appear that the police and schools are really cracking down on these creepy culprits.

A school in St. Francis, Minn. fired their soccer coach over a clown photo and a parent in Auburn Mass. is facing charges after wearing a clown mask and following a school bus around.

But how is this affecting schools in the Dayton area?

Here are four examples of how local schools have been impacted by the recent clown craze:

ClownSpringboro Schools is banning students from wearing clown costumes and/or masks for school Halloween celebrations and the parade.

Clown Costumes banned

Springboro Community City Schools building principals and district leaders released a newsletter to parents of students with a new guideline – No clown costumes or clown masks.

This ban has been put in place before their elementary school Halloween celebration.

The school has had no problems with creepy clowns but decided to be proactive and make the policy change.

Partial lockdown

Wright Brothers Middle School in Dayton recently initiated a partial lockdown and a one-call to parents of students after social media post indicated “clown activity in the area.”

Jill Moberly, the Dayton Public Schools spokeswoman said that no sightings of clowns in the area occurred and that the partial lockdown was put in place as a precaution.

16-year-old taken into custody

A 16-year-old was taken into police custody in early October after making threats to blow up Xenia High School.

While the post created by this teen on a bogus Facebook page were threating, the school administration and police did not feel students were in imminent danger.

“When they finish with the investigation, they will present the results to my office and we will determine what if any charges will be filed,” Greene County Prosecutor Stephen Haller said.

15-year-old arrested

After creating a “clown” persona on social media and threatening to kill students, a 15-yeaer-old was arrested at Fairborn High School last month.

The teen was detained in the Greene County Juvenile Detention Center for making terroristic threats, which is a third-degree felony.

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