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Creepy clown messages force school districts to take precautions

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Naugatuck police are investigating threatening clown posts on social media (Naugatuck Police) Naugatuck police are investigating threatening clown posts on social media (Naugatuck Police)
The Quinnipiac University campus was quiet Monday night after reports of clown sightings (WFSB) The Quinnipiac University campus was quiet Monday night after reports of clown sightings (WFSB)
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Over the last week or so, there have been a few reports of creepy clown sightings, or incidents involving clown threats, in some parts of Connecticut.

In New Haven, school district administrators said they are working with police to investigate the "authenticity of a number of clown-related Instagram posts that have been brought to our attention."

In a statement, officials from the school district said there is no indication that there is any real or substantial threat to the public schools or students.

"We do however take these incidents very seriously; In light of this incident, we will  continue to monitor the situation throughout the week and take all necessary precautions to ensure student and staff safety in all our schools," the school district said.

Officials said until additional information is available, the district's public schools director is asking principals and building leaders "to prohibit clown costumes and any symbols of terror during this Halloween season. To ensure student safety, parents are encouraged to assist in ensuring students refrain from these costumes this season."

Naugatuck police told Eyewitness News on Monday that police officers will be at every school on Tuesday. There are 11 schools in town, and each one will be covered by police.

This comes after two threatening posts were found on social media. Police said officers have been working with school officials and the board of education, and will be interviewing students regarding the posts that were made online.

"Based on our investigation these posts contained information that we do not believe to be credible, however the Naugatuck police are thoroughly investigating these posts and any persons connected to them," Naugatuck police said.

Anyone with information on these posts should contact police at 203-729-5221 or the NPD Confidential Tip Line at 203-720-1010.

On Monday evening, several students at Quinnipiac University were taking to social media after hearing about a possible creepy clown sighting on campus.

While school officials said the campus public safety department received a few calls from students claiming to see a clown on campus, nothing was found by officials.

The school was never in a lock down situation Monday night, despite reports on social media from students.

Last week, residents in Meriden also posted on a Facebook group claiming there were creepy clown sightings in the city, primarily at "The Hub."

Police have investigated these reports and have checked the area, however they did not find any clowns.

"I think that it’s scary for the people involved, but I do think that people are hearing about it and that they want to be popular on YouTube and get the views. And they're doing it now just to do it," said Danielle Davis, of Meriden.

Over the last few months, there have been suspicious incidents where people dressed like clowns are seen in wooded areas and in neighborhoods.

In some of the sightings in other states, the clowns tried to lure children by offering candy. In other cases, the clowns were reportedly chasing people.

There have also been reports of creepy clown sightings in other states, but nothing ever found. Similar to what appears to be happening in Connecticut.

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