Local Coulrophobia sufferers aren’t quite out of the woods, with Halloween just around the corner, but Wellesley so far has largely been spared any serious brushes with the sorts of creepy clowns that have been spooking and annoying people elsewhere across the country.
There’s been plenty of chatter among local kids trying to spook each other, but Wellesley Police actually did get a call Tuesday during the evening commute from someone claiming to have received a Snapchat of a clown sighting at the Wellesley Hills train station. However, authorities didn’t locate anyone fitting the scary/funny description.
Separately, Natick Police — perhaps partly tongue-in-cheek — tweeted about the creepy clown phenomenon.
Verbal report of someone who may be taking advantage of the recent national hysteria Give us a call, wouldn't be the first clown we arrested pic.twitter.com/jGOS6ylj3t
— Natick Police (@NATICKPOLICE) October 4, 2016
And finally, former Wellesley Public School Superintendent Bella Wong, now superintendent/principal at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High, has issued a memo to L-S families on the topic as well:
As you may be aware there have been news reports of purported sightings of people dressed as ‘clowns’ exhibiting a threatening demeanor and/or behavior toward children or adults. Some families and students have expressed concern about these reports. I have consulted with the Lincoln and Sudbury Police Chiefs Kevin Kennedy and Scott Nix. While we have no immediate concerns locally we want you to be aware that such reports are happening and the possible impact on student sense of safety and security. Students on campus should report any concerns to school administration. Any concerns off campus should be reported directly to the police.