OBPD received reports of suspicious social media posts and two possible clown sightings Oct. 4 near Ormond Beach Middle School.
Though creepy clowns are expected around Halloween, there are some creepy enough to make people file a police report.
The Ormond Beach Police Department received a call from the Ormond Beach Middle School resource deputy Oct. 4 about a suspicious social media post from the Instagram account "Daytona Clowns."
"It mentioned 'I'm coming for everyone,' and listed some schools including OBMS," said OBPD Public Information Officer Keith Walker. "It also said something like 'I'm looking for kids walking out at night in Ormond Beach.'"
Later on, officers received a call about a subject wearing a clown mask and driving a white Toyota Prius around Sanchez Park, which surrounds OBMS. Several officers were sent to the area to look for suspicious people, but none were found. Several hours after that, a mother reported she heard students had seen a man with a clown mask holding a knife and standing in the woods. Police talked with several students but could never find the person who actually saw it.
"Another person called in saying they saw a person wearing a clown mask driving a white Toyota Tercel," Walker said. "We think it's the same car. They said the person backed the vehicle into a parking space and then drove away."
OBMS Principal Matt Krajewski said though there have been rumors of clown sightings circling the school, none have been verified. An announcement was made during school for students to report anything suspicious, but to "not be a part of the rumor." Krajewski also sent a message to parents making them aware of the situation.
"We had two students come to us and say they saw a suspicious man walking around outside," Krajewski said. "It turned out to be our assistant principal doing a perimeter check. I don't ever want to tell the kids to not say anything. Everything that is reported is checked out. If you see anything suspicious, let us know."
OBMS isn't the only school with clown rumors. Seabreeze High School was named on the Daytona Clowns' Twitter page also on Oct. 4 in a post that had a poll asking followers which school they should come to first. The options were Mainland, Seabreeze, Spruce Creek and Atlantic. Eighty-one votes were cast and Seabreeze won by 38%.
The next day the message "We'll be at seabreeze soon," was posted on the Twitter page followed by two photos inside the campus. Later that night, the following Tweet was posted with a photo of the Ormond Scenic Loop:
"Getting ready to set up. see you soon. If you dare come to the loop beware of what can happen."
The account was last active Oct. 11 with a selfie of a man wearing a clown mask. The Twitter page is public, but the Instagram account is private. Seabreeze High School Principal Joe Rawlings said there have been no reported incidents at the school.
"We're on the lookout," Walker said. "All threats need to be taken seriously. Call us, and we'll check it out."