New Haven Public School district is prohibiting clown costumes and any other "symbols of terror" during this year's Halloween season.
The district said they are working with the New Haven Police Department to invetigate the authenticity of a number of clown-related Instagram posts.
While there is no indication these posts pose any real threat to the city's school district, administrators said they are taking the incidents very seriously.
Various towns in the country are stepping up patrols as the creepy clown craze stays steady. In August, children in South Carolina reported seeing multiple clowns lurking in the woods and showing them money.
Twelve people were arrested across Georgia, Alabama and Virginia in the past two weeks for making false reports of clown threats or chasing people while costumed, authorities said on various county police Facebook posts, NBC News reports.
Sightings and hoaxes have spread to more than a dozen states, including New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania in September and have led to elementary, middle schools and high schools being shut down in Ohio and added police patrols in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, according to NBC News.
On Monday, two teens in New Jersey were arrested for allegedly making threatening social media posts about clown attacks at students and residents in the town. Another 13-year-old girl, on the same day, was posting threatening comment with a clown account.
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