ATHENS, Ga. -- A Georgia elementary school student said clowns were her motivation for bringing a weapon to school earlier in September.
The principal of Whitehead Road Elementary School filed a report on Sept. 16 when an 11-year-old student who was brought to the office confirmed to officials she had a knife.
The student pulled out the weapon, described in the report as a foldout knife.
The police report states that she told officials that she heard stories about clowns jumping out of the woods and attacking children. So she brought the knife to protect herself and her family.
After contacting the Department of Juvenile Justice, the child was released into the custody of her parents. The school explained the next steps in the juvenile justice system to the parents and the knife was turned over to police as evidence.
The child's apparent concerns come as residents across the U.S. report sightings of people dressed as clowns in the woods. The sightings have spread on social media and have been reported to police departments in several states - many in the southeast.
Some even mentioned threats to schools though little to no evidence has surfaced in many of these cases to substantiate the claims - or that clowns were actually seen anywhere.
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