Authorities in Ohio were on alert Tuesday after a student said a person in clown mask chased him with a knife.
According to WCMH-TV, a 14-year-old boy in Columbus was walking to the bus stop on his way to Columbus North International School at around 6:15 a.m., when a man dressed in all black and wearing a clown mask chased him down the street with a knife.
Mothers in the neighborhood told the station that they’re telling their kids to pay attention and “follow their gut.”
“I thought it was crazy!” Tombi Williams, a mother of two told WCMH-TV. “I did not think it was here, but it goes to show things crazy and stupid can happen everywhere.”
The latest incident involving a clown comes on the heels of a clown trying to lure children in South Carolina into the woods.
Columbus police said they’re taking the report very seriously.
“We don’t expect it during the early morning hours when people are going to work or school, so is there a concern there, yeah,” Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner said. “We will have units in the area patrolling to make sure that this does not occur again.”
Mothers in the neighborhood said they’re going to keep a closer eye on the bus stop where the boy saw the clown.