OPP say 3 local incidents
Central Region OPP have had at least three reports of the 'scary clown' prank which has been started recently on social media
Incidents in the United States have included social media threats (Instagram, Snapchat, and I Messenger) which advise scary clown(s) are going to attend school(s) or public areas and kill a specific person or people, police say.
There have also been incidents where person(s) dressed as clowns have been reported attending schools and public areas and in some instances chasing persons.
Police remind citizens that to scare children or anyone for that matter in parks near schools or in public areas is clearly wrong.
It could cause a false, unnecessary lockdown of a school or public government building.
If a weapon was brandished, criminal charges can be laid persons may laid for weapons dangerous to the peace, assault with a weapon or threatening.
If persons cause police officers to engage in false investigations that waste police resources they may also be charged with Public Mischief under the Criminal Code.