(WTNH) — The images and messages are creepy. An Instagram post from someone named New Haven Clown says, “If you go to Career (High) watch out.”
Another post says, “Ansonia your next.”
Still another post reads, “Naugatuck is our favorite place to be/you.next.”
Now law-enforcement is sending its own strong message.
“Some of these charges could be serious later,” said Trooper Kelly Grant of the Connecticut State Police. “It’s an arrest.”
Naugatuck police arrested two 13 year old girls in connection with an Instagram post that read, “Will be in Naugatuck/Be careful/Lock your doors/Which school want to go first.”
“They thought it would be just a joke and it winds up becoming a lot more serious,” said Lt. Bryan Cammarata of the Naugatuck Police.
Ansonia police arrested two 13-year-old girls for threatening posts against the middle and high schools.
The department also arrested a 16-year-old girl for a threatening clown post against the high school.
It’s been the topic of conversation from the White House down to local authorities.
In Connecticut, creepy clown messages are popping up all over social media and causing concern.
State Police arrested a 13 year old Beacon Falls boy in connection with threatening clown posts mentioning schools in New Haven, Beacon Falls, Waterbury and Prospect.
“It’s not a joke when you elicit fear in someone else,” said Trooper Grant. “It’s no longer a joking matter. When you wear a clown costume, it’s one thing but when you wear a clown costume and threaten people, running after people, running up to people, making them fearful, it’s not funny at that point.”
And Bristol Police say officers are investigating an Instagram clown threat post that mentioned Bristol Central High School. There will be an increased police presence there on Thursday morning.
For anyone thinking about posting things like this the warning from authorities is don’t.
“Why do you want that as a juvenile?” said Trooper Grant. “Why do you want a juvenile arrest over something like this?”
Because if you think it’s just a prank, police, schools and state authorities do not see it as just clowning around.