Meridian Police: 'Ignore the clowns'

Meridian Police's warning for would-be clowns

MERIDIAN -- The Meridian Police Department is sick of the clown hype.

Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea had strong words for would-be creepy clowns and those feeding into the panic in the wake of social media threats that caused a stir at Heritage Middle School Tuesday.

According to Basterrechea, a person claiming to be a clown posted online that he planned to go to the middle school Tuesday and harm anyone who wasn't following him on Instagram. The threat prompted an email from school officials to parents Tuesday, promising Heritage Middle administrators "have done everything in our power" to make sure students will be safe.

MORE: Nationwide clown phenomenon comes to Idaho

Basterrechea said the police department found there was "no validity" to the threat. A school resource officer is at the middle school to further ensure student safety he said.

The deputy chief said people need to stop participating in the clown frenzy in order for it to die out.

"Our message is ignore the clowns," he said. "If 10 of them get out of a VW bug, ignore it."

The department has received a number of clown-related calls recently, Basterrechea said, but none of them have been borne out as legitimate. Law enforcement in Nampa, Twin Falls, Mountain Home and other communities around Idaho have also dealt with reported clown sightings.

RELATED: Nampa police: Stop looking for creepy clowns

Basterrechea also had a warning for anyone who thinks it would be funny to pretend to be a deranged circus performer in order to get a reaction.

"Don't be an idiot," he said. "All they're doing is creating unnecessary panic in some people and unnecessary work for other people."

Basterrechea will be coming on the News at 4 Tuesday on KTVB.


Copyright 2016 KTVB


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment