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Clown Costume Ban At School Disco
A primary school in East Kilbride has banned pupils from wearing clown costumes this Halloween following the ‘killer clown’ social media craze.
Greenhills Primary issued leaflets to children this week advertising their Halloween disco which stated that no clown costumes were allowed on school grounds.
The school’s parent council took the decision to ensure younger pupils were not frightened or left distressed by their peers.
The move follows a frenzy of terrifying clown-related ‘pranks’ across the UK after the craze – which has seen offenders carrying knives near to schools – took off in the US.
East Kilbride Chief Inspector Gillian Scott confirmed Lanarkshire Division has received a number of calls about people dressing up as clowns and frightening young children over the past few weeks.
Ch Insp Scott said: “I would ask that this Halloween everyone behaves responsibly and if you are planning on dressing up as a clown or anything equally as scary then please be mindful of children and other residents of the community who may not appreciate your chosen Halloween outfit.”
One parent said he was happy with the school’s decision, saying: “It’s definitely the right thing to do. There have been so many stories going around, and you hear about really young children being terrified by rumours about killer clowns.
“Halloween is all about having fun and being scared in a good way.
“Children look forward to it every year and get the chance to dress up and have fun – there’s no need to make it something for them to dread. Well done to the school for taking this decision.”
Another parent added: “I know there have been young children who have not been sleeping and having terrible nightmares because of this stupid craze so I agree with the school’s decision.”
South Lanarkshire Council stated that schools make their own arrangements for such events and would not comment further.
There has been nothing issued from the education department to schools on this matter.
A ‘killer clown’ was caught on video hanging around a school in Motherwell earlier this month.
The clown was spotted behind a fence near St Bernadette’s Primary.
A local dog walker captured the encounter on his phone and it has been viewed over 26,000 times on Facebook.
The incidents continue to divide opinion across the country, with some calling them harmless pranks while others have branded the incidents a menace.
Supt David Duncan of Police Scotland said: “We have had sporadic reports of individuals dressed as clowns in some areas of Scotland.
“It is assessed that there is a current trend of similar incidents on social media, many of which have been confirmed as hoaxes and emanate from overseas.
“The reports which have been made to local officers are being investigated and do not specifically involve threats or violence.”