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Enfield principals decide not to restrict elementary school costumes

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ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

School leaders in Enfield met to consider whether or not to ban clown costumes this Halloween.

They ultimately decided not to put any parameters on costumes; however, they requested that they be in good taste.

The meeting was in reaction to a series of threats against children and staff at public schools statewide. It's also a trend that's swept the nation.

"We had our monthly elementary principals meeting this morning," said Dr. Jeffrey Schumann, superintendent. "We did discuss the clown obsession that is currently plaguing digital, print, social and visual media and impacting some schools nation-wide. While our principals are concerned they are not presently [investigating] any clown related issues."

Events for students remain on schedule.

"We have always had a requirement that there be no masks or face covering of any kind, so the costumes are only from the shoulders down and we again don’t see placing any restrictions on these," Schumann said. "The students wear their costumes for approximately an hour."

However, in New Haven, school officials are banning "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," New Haven Public Schools said in a letter to parents. 

Recent threats from creepy clowns on social media have made many parents and students uneasy.

School officials said this is one way they may be able to quell the clown craze.

At least four Connecticut school districts have fielded anonymous threats through social media apps like Instagram. 

Schumann,said social media threats can't be dismissed until each one is investigated.

Five girls were arrested in connection with threats so far, according to state police. Three were linked to threats in Ansonia, two were linked to Naugatuck.

Schumann doesn't feel teens realize that if they threaten someone, they can face serious criminal charges.

New Haven schools have already banned clown costumes for Halloween.

Schumann said the topic could come up at another meeting.

"Our monthly secondary principals meeting is scheduled for next week and if the topic is still relevant I’m sure we will discuss it then," he said.

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