ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police say a fearful 11-year-old Georgia girl who took a knife to school told officers she needed the weapon to fend off clowns.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports the girl was arrested Friday at Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School in Athens amid reports and social media posts about clowns frightening children in Georgia and other states.

An Athens-Clarke County police report states the girl said she needed the knife to protect her and her family because she had heard the stories about clowns jumping out of the woods and attacking children.

(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Police say they released the girl to her mother on a charge of possession of a weapon on school grounds.

In neighboring Alabama, law enforcement officials are warning that people involved in a rash of creepy clown hoaxes across the state could be prosecuted.

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Comments (30)
  1. F. McCollum says:

    Come on. The people in clown costumes are teenagers. The media needs to stop hyping this up, the police need stop threatening to violate people’s constitutional rights to dress as clowns if they want to, and the teenagers will lose interest.

  2. Jane Parx says:

    So far no actual clowns have been found. This has grown from one allegation of a non-threatening clown sighting to nation wide panic over marauding clowns. This is what the mob looks like. It’s why every person in America was not originally allowed to vote in any state, the mob is dangerous, a voting mob give us the unrecognizable America we have today.

    1. Bubba Andies says:

      Very good post This is what the government wants the sheeple to have FEAR.

  3. 2ndprotectsall says:

    Politicians shouldn’t be scaring children!

  4. broadcastdude says:

    This girl better not go to Washington D.C. That place is filled with clowns. Hopefully we will get rid of some of them soon.

  5. Lets shoot the Clowns on sight and this will stop.

  6. Walt Horning says:

    How many times have men kidnapped little girls and the cops were not there to prevent it?

    In our frontier years, when cops were also not there, parents taught their children, even 6-7 years old, to carry and shoot a gun. It is only because of snowflakes that children do not at least carry at a pistol to protect themselves.

    What is the snowflake legacy for blocking the right of self-defense? It is snowflakes who are responsible for the vast majority of child kidnapping. It is snowflakes that are responsible for most child rapes. And now snowflakes want to terrorize little girls in the dressing rooms, showers and dressing rooms by allowing biological men in.

    You say, but children are not responsible enough to handle guns. Well, duh, whose fault is that? ANS: Snowflakes, who have not disciplined and taught their children responsible behavior, and liberal schools that teach children to be so PC they are told they should be terrorized in silence.

  7. Joe says:

    When I went to school any boy without a jackknife was thought to be a little light in the loafers. The proper response to the question, “Got a knife?” was always “I got my breeches on, don’t I?”

  8. Adam says:

    Wicked clowns can’t f*k around now. Juggalos gotta come together and beat these phony a*s clowns into the ground. Swing my axe upside yo head.

  9. Arrested?? How about educating the frightened child. Stupid.

  10. whooosh says:

    Something funny about this girl. This country has tolerated the incompetence of one clown from Kenya for about 8 years and it is only now affecting this girl?
    Check her out real good. Sounds suspicious to me.

  11. 0.J. Bradshaw says:

    When I was 11 we all took knives to school every day. The faculty knew about it and didn’t care. I’m glad I was a kid then and not now.

    1. says:

      I used to take my .22 rifle to school on the school bus. I left it by the driver and then in the principal’s office during the school day. Then picked up the rifle after school and walked home and shot rabbits on the way. That was a kinder, gentler time.

  12. Emett Kelly says:

    Why don’t cannibals like clowns?
    They taste funny.

  13. I always carried a knife in school. I lost quite a few before I was 10 years old including one with a stone that had belonged to my uncle. What did she have a dagger?

  14. says:

    Will someone please take Obama’s clown suit away from him. He is scaring little kids and we have known for the last seven plus years what a feckless moron clown he is.

  15. POLICESTATE says:

    Article lacks some important information.
    Was it a butcher knife? A survival knife? A bayonet? A 2″ blade pocket knife? A multitool? Maybe it was just a dinner knife from the kitchen drawer.

    In any case, scissors are still effective weapons and you can usually find them pretty easily in any classroom. Maybe carrying scissors would have been a better choice.

    Instead of throwing the book at this poor little girl that is afraid maybe the school should be working a little harder to reassure students and parents that they can keep their kids safe.

    Oh except that’s not true…

    1. Tony Konte says:

      A sharp pencil in the eyeball works great too and would not have raised a flag..

  16. Dan Warren says:

    Hmmmm…Lotsa clowns in DC…..are the police investigating?…’bout time.

  17. Kevin Snyder says:

    We are arresting children who are too young to understand what they are doing, and giving early release to felons who use firearms.


  18. Adorable Deplorable says:

    Send in the Clowns
    There ought to be clowns
    Well maybe…next year

    September of next year, to be exact, when the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT!” debuts.

  19. Brumley Prunk says:

    I think the girl needs to see a shrink.

  20. WagTheDog says:

    If it’s not Global Warming raising the sea level by 40′ and destroying most of our big cities, it’s a meteorite the size of NYC destroying the planet, or an EMT strike disabling the whole country permanently, or the disappearance of all the bees leading to global starvation, or Sharia Law taking over America with beheadings everywhere, or … it’s CLOWNS! Presumably the point of THIS canard is to criminalize all the little children for bringing pocket knives to school for protection. The people of Georgia should hang their heads in shame for having snowflakes (the new word for pu$$y) for cops.

  21. hammerstamp says:

    It doesn’t matter if you’re afraid little girl, you must embrace victimhood just like everyone else.

  22. Jim Cleary says:

    The only clown I ever met was Emmett Kelly. He was a nice man who liked to bring smiles to peoples faces, especially kids. Red Skelton painted a lot of them and they never hurt anybody. What with this clown angst anyway?

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