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CT schools vigilant after clown-related threats

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ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

The sightings and threats of clowns were talk of the playground for Connecticut students, parents, teachers and administrations.

The clown-related school threats have become a concern for parents. Enfield Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeffrey Schumann said the terrifying trend doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon.

"You can't just dismiss it. It's real. It's out there,” Schumann said. “Social media is building it and so we have to be vigilant and cognizant of what's going on."

At least five school districts have received ominous messages through apps such as Instagram. School districts said they were staying on top of the situation while trying to create the least amount of disruption.

"There's really no way to know if this a hoax or a bonified threat against one of our children so we investigate whatever we happen to find out about and we act on that,” Schumann said.

Five girls from Ansonia and Naugatuck as well as Beacon Falls teen were arrested for making threats.

Dr. Schumann said he wants to make sure that his students not only stay safe, but stay out of trouble.

"One of the things, I don't think teenagers understand is that if you do threaten someone they can be charged with a felony and that's very serious,” Schumann said.

On Wednesday, there will be a meeting to discuss whether students in Enfield can come to school dressed as clowns for Halloween. School leaders said it would be sad to limit children because of this craze.

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