- Police and school officials are offering warnings and promises of vigilance
- Parents should be alert, and put away the clown costumes for now
(CNN)The clowns are here, and they won't go away. What started as a few amusing headlines in August has now ballooned into a full-blown clown epidemic, and no one would blame you if you were a bit curious and perhaps even a little concerned.
Have people actually gotten hurt?
Report any suspicious activity to authorities, including social media activity.
Listen to messages from police and school officials.
DO NOT DRESS UP LIKE A CLOWN.
DO NOT LET YOUR CHILDREN DRESS UP LIKE CLOWNS.
Do not joke or post about clowns in a dishonest way that may waste valuable police and school resources.