Pinellas County parents concerned about clown threats on Halloween

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Angel Colon will be one of many parents on the lookout for clown costumes Monday night.

“It makes trick or treating not the same like it used to be and it’s just getting way out of hand,” said Colon.

Numerous clown sightings have freaked parents out. Around Florida, many parents say they’ll be armed for Halloween after reports of scary clown threats. Colon believes that’s going too far.

“Let’s say you go arming yourself with a bat, you don’t know what that person is carrying or what they have on them,” said Colon.

Here in Tampa Bay, a clown sighting was reported outside of Largo Middle school last month. Creepy clown sightings have also been reported in Pasco County.

A teen in Holiday was questioned after a woman reported him walking down the street, wearing a clown mask. He told deputies he had no intention to scare anyone and was wearing the mask because it was cool.

Law enforcement officials say there’s nothing funny about wearing a clown suit this year and it could endanger the person dressed up as one.

Authorities say parents carrying weapons might make the situation worse.

“We ask that people use good judgment. We do want parents to be vigilant and continue to be safe and keep their children safe, however again, not to overreact,” said Sgt. Spencer Gross with Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. “If they plan on carrying a weapon, which we would hope that they wouldn’t feel that they need too, but if they do, they do so within the law and they do so responsibly.”

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