University of Iowa Police issued a statement about reports of a clown around campus here in Iowa City. They clarified that nobody has been harmed by the clown, nor has anyone been threatened by the clown. But the Department of Public Safety would like to chat with the clown. Their number is listed above.
I've already seen people fretting about the clown reports. One person even asked me if it was true that Marion, IA, has canceled trick-or-treating this Halloween because of the clown. (Jon's Exclusive: They're not.)
Most likely, this was a student prankster. Or it's a false report.
In other words, ignore the clown and s/he will go away!
Updated on 10/05/16: There was another clown sighting in Iowa City last night, this one was reported to the Iowa City Police Department:
2 GUYS ON A MOPED DRESSED AS CLOWNS, LAST SEEN SB ON CLINTON, 2 MIN TIME DELAYNot sure what they mean about the two minute time delay. But this happened near Fairchild Street and North Clinton Street in Iowa City.
Updated Again on 10/05/16: There was yet another clown sighting in Iowa City last night at around 10:46 PM, as reported to the Iowa City Police Department:
SAW CLOWN WALKING AND A CARRYING A BALLOON, FACEBOOK POST TOLD HIM TO CALL IF HE SIGHTED HIM, NOT DOING ANYTHING WRONGAccording to the log entry, the police were unable to locate this clown.
Updated on 10/06/16: There were even more reports of creepy clowns, according to the Iowa City Police Department. For example, this call came in late Tuesday night just before midnight:
RUMBLINGS ON TWITTER OF CLOWNS RIDING ON MOPEDS IN IOWA CITY, CARRYING BASEBALL BATSFrankly, I don't believe that there were any actual clowns in Iowa City brandishing baseball bats or any other weapons.
And then there was just one clown call to the Iowa City Police last night at around 9:00 PM. This took place near Page Street and Dodge Street:
POSSIBLE CLOWN ON THE RR TRACKS HEADED TOWARDS THE PARK OFF PAGELastly, the Iowa City Community School District wants you to know that there are no credible risks of clowns causing damage to the school. The following message was sent out to parents this afternoon:
You may be aware that a social media hoax is spreading information about "sightings" and non-credible threats of violence across the country by individuals dressed as clowns. As you may have seen in local news reports, Iowa City is not immune from these rumors. Please know that there have been no credible threats to our schools.
While there are no credible threats, safety is a top priority for the District and we take situations like this seriously. The District has increased its awareness of this hoax and is in regular communication with the Iowa City Police Department. District staff members are working within their schools to address any concerns students may have. We ask that you also reinforce with your children the importance of not participating in this hoax or spreading/enflaming these rumors.
As always, students should contact and administrator or teacher at their school if they observe or hear of anything suspicious or threatening.
Thank you for your continued support in keeping our schools safe.