Bristol School Clown Threat: Connecticut State Police Respond
So at first I thought these "clown" pop-ups were kind of like a flash mob pop-up. But this has gotten out of hand with threats to schools.
We've become a world addicted with all things social media related and what's the latest craze to go viral. How many views can you get on YouTube for your piece of creativity? YouTube has even created "star" personalities.
No denying the latest thing is the Clown insanity, and frankly it's gotten out of control
As reported by nbcconnecticut.com, Bristol police have determined a threat by a 'clown' against a Bristol school originated in Florida. The threat was posted from an Instagram account named 'TheBristolClown.' The message said that the clown will pick ten people that go to Bristol Central High School, and that the clown was coming for them. Police in Bristol will be on school property today even though they no longer consider it a legitimate threat.
Connecticut State Police are taking all of this very seriously. Here's a post from their Facebook page.
In a bizarre trend that is sweeping across the United States, individuals dressed as clowns have stricken fear into communities, including some right here in Connecticut. The State Police, along with our municipal police partners want to remind everyone of the consequences associated with these incidents.
Over the last few days, reports of clown sightings in Connecticut have popped up in communities around the state. While it is not illegal to dress as a clown, it is illegal to do so with the intent of causing alarm. Individuals dressing as clowns and engaging in threatening or alarming behavior will be immediately addressed by law enforcement. Moreover, creating social media pages inciting violence or alluding to creating fear in our communities will not be tolerated and will be handled as criminal matters. We want to remind everyone that your online actions are not anonymous; we will continue working with social media companies to identify those inappropriately using social media to cause panic. At least five individuals have already been taken into custody in our state for engaging in this behavior.
There are many other emergencies and calls for service that troopers and other first responders need to get to without being misdirected to a prank. These incidents are similar in swatting to the swatting incidents we’ve dealt with in the past where resources are carelessly misdirected. Situations such as these waste valuable resources and can lead to injuries to both first responders and members of the public. These clown pranks can cause major disruptions leading to schools, businesses and neighborhoods being placed into lockdown unnecessarily.
And there you have it. Knock it off dumb asses.