Memphis police receive reports of clown sightings near schools

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Police Department received two calls about clowns near elementary schools Friday.

The first call came at 8:11 a.m. in the 1600 block of Dellwood near Frayser Elementary School.

Officers were told a person dressed as a clown jumped out at a group of children and scared them.

The second call came at 8:51 a.m. near Alcy Elementary School, which is about 11 miles away from Frayser Elementary.

A child reported seeing a clown in some bushes.

No clown was found at either location.

Police released the following statement:

With Halloween around the corner and with the recent media coverage of “creepy clowns” being sighted in other cities, we anticipate receiving calls of this nature. We will investigate all sightings to ensure that no criminal offense has occurred. We encourage anyone who may think this behavior is a joke to rethink their actions before this “prank” becomes a larger problem. Dressing like a clown in not a criminal act; however, acting in a criminal manner while dressed as a clown can result in legal ramifications.