There’s no clowning around at some local school Halloween celebrations this year.
In light of the recent hysteria over creepy clowns and the ensuing social media pranks, a Poway elementary school is prohibiting clown costumes at an upcoming Halloween event.
“Given recent events locally and across the nation related to creepy clowns, we strongly recommend that students not dress in clown costumes to ensure that all of our students feel safe and secure while attending this fun family event,” a memo sent to parents of students at Tierra Bonita Elementary School read.
Tierra Bonita isn’t alone. Several local schools have expressed similar concerns over red nose-and-makeup costumes.
Poway’s Meadowbrook Middle School and Lewis Middle School in San Diego’s Allied Gardens have also banned clown costumes this year, the San Diego Union Tribune reported.
The Union Tribune reported that the San Diego Unified School District leaves the issue of clown costumes up to its schools.
Police nationwide have been making arrests in light of threats of creepy clowns stalking schools and towns, most of which have been unmasked as hoaxes and pranks.