DANBURY, Conn. -- The Western Connecticut State University Police Department has received calls that a person or persons has been appearing in public areas around the Danbury campus wearing clown costumes, according to a release from WCSU PD.
This has caused alarm in the university community due to the proliferation of "clown sightings" around the U.S., as well as in Connecticut, the release said.
Most, if not all, of the reports are being proven as hoaxes, according to WCSU PD. These reports are being spread through social media posts, in some cases, by people trying to panic the public.
Recently a clown sighting was reported on Fairfield University's campus, and Stamford police are reportedly investigating a clown-related threat made on social media. Connecticut State Police have warned residents that such pranks are not funny and can cause disruptions.
As with any suspicious activity, the WCSU PD requests that it be notified immediately, so that the activity can be investigated.
As always, officers are conducting regular patrol checks on campus and in public areas to ensure the safety of the community.
The WCSU PD will provide an escort, should it be needed, 24/7. This can be requested by calling (203) 837-9300.
WCSU PD points out that false reporting to law enforcement agencies ties up resources that could be focused on real issues, and anyone engaging in false reporting can and will be criminally charged.
Anyone with information about this or any other case is encouraged to call the WCSU PD at (203) 837-9300, or call 911 to report an emergency.