Everybody seems to be getting behind the Bellaire Board of Education’s new policy of prohibiting clowns or “clown-like costumes” on school property.
A recent online clown threat prompted many schools in Belmont County to lock down their buildings.
“But it certainly did interrupt the academic day, and we did field hundreds of calls,” noted Darren Jenkins, Bellaire school superintendent.
So the board of education just said no to clowns.
Whether the creepy clown craze started in Europe, South Carolina or in a movie, they don’t know.
“And honestly, I don’t care,” said Jenkins. “I just know that we’re not going to deal with it any more in Bellaire.”
With spirit week, Halloween and a major football rivalry all coming up, the last thing they want is a bunch of clowns showing up.
“By their actions, they throw gasoline on an already explosive situation,” said the superintendent.
Carri Rejonis of Bellaire is pleased with the board’s decision, and a little tired of clowns.
“I think it (the clown craze) is sad,” said Rejonis. “It probably started out as a joke and then it got taken to extremes. I feel it scared little children and it has kind of taken away from what could potentially be fun at Halloween.”
“Her son, a junior at Bellaire High School, is also glad the schools have gone clown-free.
“I think it’s a good idea,” said Gabe Rejonis. “It keeps kids safe. And protecting everyone is a good idea.”
A professional clown from Marshall County says he’s putting away the costume for a while.
“I’m not putting a clown outfit on and going across the street,” said Rowdy Workman, a businessman and clown. “Somebody’s liable to shoot me or run me over or whatever.”
Even Ronald McDonald is officially keeping a low profile.
“That’s what I hear,” noted the school superintendent. “And that’s a pretty sad state of affairs when Ronald McDonald can not show his face.”
“A clown is something fun and happy that makes kids smile,” added Rowdy Workman, “But now I’m afraid to put the outfit on because somebody’s going to do something stupid, you know?”
The no-clown rule in the Bellaire School District has no time frame specified.
It is in effect until further notice.