Girl took knife to school because she feared being attacked by clowns

A girl took a knife into school because she needed it to fend off attacks by clowns. The 11-year-old was arrested and hauled before the head teacher at a school in Georgia after being caught with the blade. She told police she needed it because she had heard the stories about clowns jumping out of the woods and pouncing on children. Police, who detained the girl at Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School in Athens, on Friday later released her to her mother on a charge of possession of a weapon on school grounds.

Our elementary comprehensive health curriculum addresses personal safety with students. We have not specifically addressed clowns, except in individual cases where students expressed concerns directly to teachers

Clarke County education official Anisa Sullivan Jimenez

The incident came as stories about creepy clown attacks continue to spread across America. It followed claims that children were chased by five masked clowns as they were leaving a community centre in Athens. A woman reported the incident to police after overhearing children talking about it. In another incident a school went into lockdown after reports of clowns trying to talk to children in nearby woods. However, in neighbouring Alabama, law enforcement officials are warning that anyone involved in a rash of creepy clown hoaxes across the state could be prosecuted.