Killer clown rumors bedevil Fairfield
Updated 6:43 pm, Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Throughout the state, school leaders, police and public officials are having to do something they never thought would be part of their jobs — refute claims of killer clowns in their midst.
Officials have quickly dismissed the rumors, some with a measure of amusement.
“I think Stephen King is behind this,” quipped Sgt. Robert Didato, of the Fairfield University Department of Public Safety, referring to the vaunted horror writer whose novel “It” centers on a creepy clown.
Some clown rumors, however, have been decidedly unfunny.
Ansonia plans to have police in city schools Wednesday after clown-related social media posts threatened violence in the district.
“The complaints are being thoroughly investigated, and while we do not believe the threats to be credible, there will be an increased police presence at all Ansonia schools (Wednesday),” police said in a release from Lt. Andrew Cota.
The police press release included a social media post from “ansonia_clown” saying there would be “a whole gang of clowns” arriving Wednesday morning to do harm at one Ansonia school.
Indeed, killer clown hysteria is sweeping the nation, as there have been sightings of the creepy Bozos in multiple states, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. This week, it seemed to hit Connecticut full force.
Didato said Fairfield U. began receiving calls Monday night from parents concerned about clown rumors.
The department posted on its Facebook page that there were no clowns on campus. Not long after that post, Didato said, two students with clown masks reportedly began walking around the campus. “They thought it would be funny,” Didato said.
The class clowns were found and the masks were confiscated.
Others dealing with the clown clamor included New Haven Public Schools, where officials became aware clown posts on Monday morning.
Stamford police are investigating a “scary clown threat” posted on social media this week, Superintendent of Schools Earl Kim told parents.
“In the meantime, we
The superintendent also asked families not to buy clown costumes.