The walk to school turned into something out of a real-life horror movie for Colorado middle school students who reported being chased by someone wearing a terrifying clown mask.
The person reportedly chased students on their walk to and from school two days in a row earlier this week. But after their school principal Ron Garcia y Ortiz chased down the culprit on foot Tuesday afternoon just outside the school, he discovered the offender was a juvenile himself.
The Aurora Police Department didn't find the matter funny and released photos of the masked clown and a description of where he'd been seen on Facebook before he was tracked down by the school administrator.
"This sort of harassment WILL NOT be tolerated," they said in their post.
The photos were allegedly taken by a parent who had been driving by at the time and was able to snap a picture of the terrorizer dressed in a checkered flannel shirt with a hood and what appears to be a rubber clown mask, The Aurora Sentinel reports.
Police later confirmed the prankster, who wasn't identified due to his age, had been given a ride home by police and "will likely need to do some explaining to their parents."
Matt Longshore, a spokeman for the Aurora Police Department told the Sentinel that there had been no charges filed in the case and the youth involved would likely just receive "verbal counseling" in the matter.
Police were notified of the incident, which they deemed "harassment," after several of the children who had been chased reported the scary encounter to the school and their parents.
[Photo: Aurora Police Department]
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