Target removes clown masks from stores, website because of 'creepy clown incidents'

Posted at 9:17 AM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-17 09:17:46-04

Target has removed clown masks from store shelves and its website because of creepy clown incidents nationwide.

Police in Michigan and across the country have been dealing with clown threats, hoaxes, and pranks.

Just this month, a tween at MacDonald Middle School in the East Lansing School District, was caught wearing a clown mask, with knives in her backpack.

In Detroit, a clown was caught on tape clinging to the back of a city bus. And in Roseville, Michigan, police arrested two women who they say dressed as clowns and chased and threatened teenage girls.

The clown craze has even forced popular clowns like Ronald McDonald to keep a low profile.

A spokesperson for Target says the decision not to sell any clown masks in stores or online was made out of "sensitivity to the issue at hand."