Reports of clowns in O’Fallon are online rumors

clown-resizedO’FALLON – The O’Fallon Police Department say reports of a clown skulking around Carriel Junior High School and the Milburn Freshman Campus are rumors and untrue.

Captain Jim Cavins stated the rumored school lockdown did not take place and that students were safe all day.

“The clown did not exist. This is a social media issue,” Cavins said.

The department did say they received a report at around 1 a.m. on Wednesday in the Castle Acres mobile home park. A resident reported that he saw a person in a clown mask run into the mobile home park from near the Aldi grocery store. The police did not find anybody during a search and have not received any other reports of sightings.

District 203 Superintendent Darcy Benway issued an email to parents, students, and employees. She wrote that OTHS has not received any threats against its buildings or students.

“OTHS keeps buildings secure at all times and restricts public access to interior areas of the schools while classes are in session.  In addition, student parking lots are monitored before and after school to provide security for our students who drive to campus.  OTHS will continue to be diligent in following all safety protocols,” Benway wrote.