Bogus #CreepyClown posts, threats make rounds in Yuba County
Special to The Union
Yuba-Sutter was caught in the #CreepyClown epidemic when bogus stories about scary clown sightings and threats to schools made the social media rounds.
A menacing post circulated Tuesday morning said clowns were going to stake out schools this week to kidnap students and teachers. Marysville High School students recirculated the posts and specifically mentioned the Marysville, Yuba City, Live Oak, Gridley and Yuba County areas, according to Marysville police Lt. Christian Sachs.
Then, students posted alleged clown sightings near Yuba College and by the Peach Tree Mall in Linda.
Police said the threats aren’t credible.
“The post was inaccurate, and they thought it would be comical and funny,” Sachs said.
A similar incident was reported Tuesday in Sacramento-area schools.
False reports of violent and threatening clowns have been recorded in multiple states across the nation, in what Time Magazine calls “clown hysteria.” The frenzy is so widespread, the White House press secretary was recently asked about it.
Law enforcement is taking the issue seriously.
“It does take up resources,” Sachs said. “People said there was a sighting at Kynoch Elementary School. We sent officers over there, and there was nothing there.”
Marysville police were alerted to social media posts by Marysville High School staff. Officers were able to track down those responsible for the localized posts and “have a talk with them,” Sachs said.
“We wanted to make sure we could put a stop to it so it could not grow any larger than it could be,” he said.
The issue is still under investigation.
Monica Vaughan is a reporter for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat; she can be reached at 530-749-4783 and on Twitter @MonicaLVaughan.
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