Teen investigated as suspicious
PENETANGUISHENE – A local teen was charged after he was spotted dressed as a clown here on Robert Street West.
On Oct.6, just before 11:30 p.m., Southern Georgian Bay OPP were called about a suspicious person dressed as a clown.
Officers spoke to a male in the vicinity.
OPP said Oct. 19 that a 15-year-old male has been charged with failing to meet the terms of his release on another charge.
He was given a court date.
Central Region OPP report there have been at least three 'scary clown' pranks, which 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.