Some Wichita-area high schools are adding a line to their Halloween guidelines this year: No clowns.
Following a brief series of “creepy clown” threats against schools earlier this month, some school leaders in Wichita and Haysville are banning clown costumes, masks and face paint at school events.
In previous years, students at Campus High School and Haysville High School have been allowed to wear costumes on Halloween as long as they didn’t include masks or face paint, said Liz Hames, spokeswoman for the Haysville district.
This year, just to be cautious and avoid any kind of situation, we’ve added ‘no clowns.’
Liz Hames, spokeswoman for Haysville schools
“This year, just to be cautious and avoid any kind of situation, we’ve added ‘no clowns,’ ” Hames said.
“I’m not sure that was even a popular costume with high school kids.”
Perhaps not. But “creepy clown” threats have become a national phenomenon in recent months, with people posing as clowns on social media in an attempt to frighten organizations or individuals.
In the Wichita area, two teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of making clown-related posts on social media that targeted local schools.