PAMPA, TX (KFDA) - A frightening trend across the country has concerned many in the town of Pampa, but police there say there appears to be no validity in the sudden rash of threats.
Thursday morning, the Pampa Police Department says it has investigated many verbal and written claims of clowns threatening to harm citizens, including students in the town's schools. But police say none of the claims appear to be serious.
"The Pampa Police Department realizes the fear regarding incidents involving clowns in Pampa has spread, and tragically some are using it to foster their own ideas of pranks," police said in a statement. "To many of us, this is not humorous, and in fact causes unnecessary stress in our community. The false reports and those making them take away resources of the Police Department as they investigate each report."
A screenshot sent to NewsChannel 10 on Tuesday shows such a message posted by 'Lizzie Johnson' on Facebook. The post said, "Im watching everyone. I'm here in Pampa. And i will grab every kid that is on the street's and sidewalks. i carry knifes with me. So i will cut you up."
The account appears to have since been deleted.
Just a day ago, authorities said a man working in his garage Tuesday evening saw two people dressed as clowns laughing outside his home. As they approached his property, the homeowner grabbed a pistol and fired a warning shot in the air, sending the clowns running away from his home.
Officials say resources will continue to be devoted to investigating future claims. Anyone with concerns is urged to contact the police department at 806-669-2222.