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    Creepy clown accounts were the talk of the town Friday in St. Joseph, Missouri.

    Multiple Facebook accounts set up for clowns contacted junior high students in St. Joseph, and even made a threat to the school district.

    13-year-old Ethan Shipps was one of those students.

    "They said they were going to the high schools and they were going to kidnap the kids and kill the teachers walking to their cars and stuff," he explained.

    The district had extra police officers on its campuses, but said it didn't find any of the threats credible.

    Read more from KSHB here.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 3, 2016)

    The creepy clown craze spooking the nation reached a fevered pitch last month with at least a dozen people arrested for taking part in the menacing stunt or for making false reports, according to police.

    Now, various communities are stepping up patrols — with one suburban Cincinnati town having installed extra police at its football games Friday — while warning against clown-costumed copycats.

    "Our citizens are frustrated with everything going on in society and this is another issue to address," Christopher Nacco, the sheriff of Pasco County, Florida, told NBC News in an email Saturday following a spate of claimed sightings.

    "We are warning teens and young adults not to get involved in this fad, of dressing up as clowns to cause fear," Nacco added, "because eventually someone is going to perceive their actions as a threat and take justice in their own hands."

    Clowns Take on Clowns

    [DFW] Clowns Take on Clowns

    Reports of creepy clown sightings are terrifying people throughout the country.

    They've popped in several states in recent weeks, and even resulted in increased security at some schools.

    All of these sightings have been giving professional clowns a bad reputation.

    "It's scary because I see some comments from people that want to kill clowns," said Ivan Mendez, a part-time clown in Kansas City.

    A rule that Mendez has when he goes to events is to always leave home as a clown and come home as one too. He doesn't like to take his makeup off in between.

    Because of this, Mendez and other clowns are worried they will be targeted if someone sees them in full costume out in public.

    "I'm afraid for my safety now, I'm afraid for my family because 90 percent of the time my wife and kids are coming with me to help me out and set up everything," he said.

    Read more from KSHB here.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 3, 2016)

    On Friday, creepy clowns were the talk of the town in St. Joseph, Missouri after multiple Facebook accounts set up for clowns contacted junior high school students and threatened the district.

    "They said they were going to the high schools and they were going to kidnap the kids and kill the teachers walking to their cars and stuff," explained 13-year-old Ethan Shipps.

    The district had extra police officers on its campuses, but said it didn't find any of the threats credible.