Wanamaker Elementary alerting parents to possible clown sighting, precautions to be taken

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Auburn-Washburn School officials say an alert about a "creepy clown" sighting was only sent to parents of children who attend Wanamaker Elementary, not district wide.

Director of Communications Martin Weishaar told 13 NEWS a clarification will be sent to all parents Friday morning.

Numerous 13 NEWS viewers forwarded a message from Principal Marc Sonderegger late Thursday. The alert warned of a possible creepy clown sighting on school grounds.

According to Sonderegger, two students reportedly spotted a person dressed as a clown in the bushes at the edge of a playground Thursday afternoon.

Sonderegger said police were contacted, but they didn't find anyone.

As a precaution, students at the school will be kept clear of the area where the supposed clown sighting was. They will still be allowed to go outside for recess.

Sonderegger says the USD 437 police chief has not found any credible threats made to any students, staff or buildings.

Sonderegger says they have many students with anxiety about the possible sighting at the school, therefore they will not talk about clowns during class. If that discussion does come up, Sonderegger says they will reassure students that they are keeping them safe.

The district is planning to send a message to all parents Friday morning for clarification.