PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- The Rye-Port Chester Union Free School District is the latest target of so-called "creepy clown" threats being posted nationwide on social media sites.
At least two threats initiated via Facebook and Twitter -- titled "Aint Clownin Around" and "Clowns Spotted" -- warned students and faculty that they'd be at the high school soon. "We will be attenting this school," one post declared, misspelling the word "attending."
The social media threats typically include a photo of a scary or creepy looking clown -- and are indeed scaring many young students.
On Tuesday, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, issued a warning -- as reported here by Daily Voice -- about some people in clown costumes acting suspiciously and even committing crimes.
Recently, people in clown costumes committing illegal or suspicious acts have been reported in numerous places throughout the country, according to Capt. John Watterson, a spokesman with the Dutchess Sheriff's Office.
False reports about so-called "creepy clowns" also are being spread maliciously via social media, Watterson said.
"Over the last few days some have been reported in Dutchess County as well," Watterson said Tuesday afternoon.
These “creepy clown” reports have caused alarm in some communities nationwide and have been frustrating for first responders, as many of the reports have been proven to be hoaxes.
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