Pierce County sheriff’s deputies will no longer be responding to clown-related calls unless a crime is being committed, spokesman Ed Troyer said.
“We’re going to stop reporting clown sightings,” Troyer said Wednesday, “or we’ll spend all day chasing clowns — not that we don’t already do that.”
He said an Instagram account appears to be posting photos of scary clowns and mentioning area schools, but the account is based out of New York. He said the account appears to be surfing the internet for clown stories and then targeting schools that have had incidents.
“I think what’s happening is we’re getting trolled from people all over the country,” Troyer said.
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News reports locally have covered the arrest Wednesday of a 17-year-old Rogers High School student.
He was charged with felony harassment for allegedly sending threatening texts to students, reports of “clown hunting” and placing clown masks near the campus.
On Wednesday alone, five reports were taken from clown sightings in the county.