Community Concerned With Clown Sightings

Community Concerned After Several Clown Sightings

TRIAD, N.C. -- Clown sightings just keep popping up in the Triad.

At least 3 in Winston-Salem, 1 in Greensboro and another in Rural Hall.

Viewers want to know about two of the sightings, First, a little girl in Winston-Salem told police a clown tried to lure her in the woods over the weekend. Then Tuesday, police say, a man in Greensboro saw a clown and chased him with a Machete.

Winston-Salem Police Captain Mike Weaver joined WFMY News 2 to talk about the sightings. He said police are taking the sights very seriously. 

He added it's very important for you to be receptive to your child's needs. 

He also said it's not really the clowns that dress up for their jobs that they are worried about. 

"It's a pre-planned event," Weaver said. "People will know they will be there. It's not those we are worried about. It's the once outside of that."

He also added if you see a clown or suspicious person not to confront them. All you need to do is call police. 

"Be a great witness. Tell us where they are, what they're driving and what they're wearing and we will take it from there." Weaver said.

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There is a state law that prohibits people from wearing masks to conceal their identity. However, there are exceptions to that law. For example, holidays and professional reasons.

This is a perfect opportunity to talk to your kids about strangers. Weaver told WFMY News 2, to know what your kids are doing.

"What I would encourage parents to do is while their children are playing, walking to and from school, too and from a friends house, walk with them. Know that path." Weaver said. 

He added parents should point out hazardous areas your kids will want to avoid in that area. 



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