Edmonson Voice Staff Report
The Edmonson Voice has received several calls and messages this week asking if we have any information on the reports of people dressed as creepy clowns around Brownsville and the rest of the county.
In other parts of the U.S., there have been reports of the bad Bozos trying to lure children into remote areas or exhibiting other malicious behaviors. Most reports are simply accounts of clowns just standing on sidewalks walking slowly near public places as a scary prank.
Apparently some county residents have heard rumors and seen social media posts regarding the characters that have been reported around town. Local law enforcement officers say the reports are completely false.
"We have no reports of anyone dressed as clowns in our county," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "This is a well established prank that involves scaring unsuspecting people and videotaping it for humor and posting in online forums. There is no reason to believe that this has occurred here, and in the event there is someone dressed as a clown in public, there is no reason to believe that any criminal intent exists with these pranksters."
Sgt. Nathan Dennis with the Brownsville Police Department also said there have been no such reports. "We haven't heard anything about it," he said.
Doyle also said that students have been returning home from school and telling their parents of these reports that are supposedly spreading around local schools.
"We have no reason to believe any of this. We advise people to ignore these rumors and tell your children that there is no reason to be afraid of any of this. In the event you see someone dressed as a clown and they're causing a disturbance, call dispatch at 270-597-2729 and it will be investigated, but at this time, reports of this already happening are completely untrue."