Girard police receive report of clown following school bus

This was the first reported "clown sighting" in Girard, but Police Chief Jeff Palmer expects there will be more

Girard Police Chief Jeff Palmer says his officers are being vigilant and monitoring the "creepy clown" craze that has now entered the city.


GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Girard Police Chief Jeff Palmer says his officers are being vigilant and monitoring the “creepy clown” craze that has now entered the city.

This comes after someone reported seeing two clowns in a red Dodge pickup truck following a school bus on East Liberty Street Monday afternoon.

A witness sent the city a photo of the clown after following the truck to Belmont Avenue. This was the first reported “clown sighting” in Girard, but Palmer expects there will be more.

No illegal activity was reported along with this incident, but officers have been told to keep a lookout.

Meanwhile, Boardman Schools released a statement on the clown sightings:

“Attention Spartan Community….This is a message meant to provide reassurance to all of you. I am aware, as are all building principals, our school resource officers, and the Boardman police department, of the clown postings that have been circulating on social media. We are inclined to consider these postings a hoax meant to create uncertainty and chaos. However, as with all social media rumors, our district responds by enlisting the assistance of our local police force just to make sure that we have their extra attention during this time of concern. I just want to remind you that our school is the safest place for your child to be. Safety is always our number one concern, and your child is always protected as if he or she is our very own child. If you have any questions or special concerns feel free to talk to your child’s principal or any of our school resource officers. Have a great day and Go Spartans!” said Superintendent Timothy Saxton

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