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2 people dressed as clowns arrested near New Britain High School

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2 people dressed as clowns arrested near New Britain High School, which lead to a lockdown on Thursday. (WFSB) 2 people dressed as clowns arrested near New Britain High School, which lead to a lockdown on Thursday. (WFSB)
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

New Britain High School was placed on lockdown on Thursday morning after police said a person dressed as a clown was driving nearby and disturbing students and teachers. 

A teacher noticed a motor vehicle "lingering outside on Mill Street," around 10 a.m.

Superintendent Nancy Sarra said one of the two adults was spotted inside the car was wearing a clown mask. 

"The students reported their attention was drawn to the vehicle after hearing the vehicle beeping its horn and blasting music," police said in a release on Thursday. 

That teacher immediately notified the administration, which lead to a "soft lockdown" at New Britain High School. The superintendent said no students were not allowed to do outside activities because of the lockdown. No one was also allowed to leave or enter the school during the lockdown, Sarra said. 

Sarra said they put the school into lockdown because of "the nationwide attention regarding clown threats and hoaxes." Following the sighting, the campus security met with the school resource officer. 

Surveillance cameras near the school captured an image of the two people in the vehicle. After circulating the image, police determined the suspects were Mary Vega, who was the driver of the vehicle, and Johnston Cox, who was the passenger wearing the clown mask.

New Britain resident Vega, 35, and Windsor resident Cox, 39, turned themselves in to the New Britain Police Department on Thursday. They were charged with second-degree breach of peace and were being held on a $10,000 bond. 

The superintendent said the two people were not armed and did not go on school property.   

By 11 a.m., the lockdown was lifted. Campus safety officers were at the exits and entrances throughout the day and extra security was on hand for student dismissal. Police increased patrols in the area of the high school. 

All students and staff were safe, Sarra said. 

Parents were notified about the lockdown via a ConnectEd phone call. 

No other schools were affected by the incident. 

Because of all the recent clown sightings, some students said they were not surprised but they aren't amused either.

"I kind of expected it. I said to my friends what if there's a clown, like imagine, and so I said to my friend I knew it, I knew there was a clown," said New Britain high school student Julia Conant.

"It's not funny at all, its gone way to far and it isn't comical to me," said New Britain high school student Mitchell Sheltry.

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