LAGRANGE, Ga. -- LaGrange Police are working to get warrants to track down the person threatening to dress like a clown and abduct children from specific schools.
Lt. Dale Strickland told 11Alive News someone started a Facebook Page (which has since been taken down) threatening to dress like a clown and drive a white van to Callaway Elementary, Franklin Forrest Elementary, Callaway Middle School, Troup High School, and Callaway High School and abduct children. Strickland says that threat is a clear violation of the law. The department is working to obtain warrants that will help them track down who posted the threats.
Stickland said there were no spottings of the creepy clown, but the police department was flooded with calls from concerned parents. The police department posted a message on Facebook: "This behavior is not cute or funny... if applicable, you may face charges."
The LaGrange threat is the latest in a series of bizarre clown reports across the country.
In August, an apartment complex in South Carolina sent letters to residents warning them about a clown trying to lure children into the woods.
The first week of September, neighbors in Winston-Salem said a creepy clown was offering kids candy if they followed him into the woods. Witnesses said the clown ran from the area when officers arrived.
A North Carolina man was arrested and charged with filing a false report after telling police a clown knocked on his window. He told police he tried to chase the clown, but later admitted he made it all up.
In Dublin, Georgia, this week someone in a car accident said they swerved to avoid a clown in the road. Dublin Police Chief Tim Chatman said there's no evidence it's true. Chatman said his department has investigated several reported sightings "and we have yet to substantiate" any of them.