Authorities investigating claim of clown attacking juvenile in Tennessee

Authorities investigating claim of clown attacking juvenile in Tennessee Wednesday, September 21, 2016. (Photo: Pexels)

SUMMITVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - The Coffee County Sheriff's Office reports they are investigating a claim that a clown attacked a juvenile in the Summitville area of the county.

Police say the call came in on Monday night "concerning someone dressed in a red hoodie and a clown mask." The juvenile told police he "swung at the clown and was cut" by what the juvenile says was a knife.

Deputies responded to the scene and state on their Facebook page a search was conducted, "but no clown was found."

The department says they will check all reports to prove or disprove the claims. Sheriff Steve Graves says “People in Tennessee carry guns and somebody jumping out and scarring someone is subject to getting shot.”

Graves also warned against filing false reports of 'clown incidents' in the wake of multiple reports being investigated around the country. Sheriff Graves is also asking residents to think twice about wearing clown masks. “Everyone should avoid wearing any type of mask or dressing up like a clown," Graves stated.

There have been at least 5 reports across the U.S. of clowns terrorizing children, and the public this summer.

On August 21, residents in Greenville, S.C. reported clowns were attempting to lure children into the woods.

A group of kids walking to school in Macon, Ga. on Sept. 13 said a group of clowns in white face paint jumped out of the woods and scared them.

A school in Flomaton, Ala. was placed on lockdown over a Facebook page featuring a creepy clown making threats.

One arrest was made over those threats.

On Sept. 16, a group of Maryland kids reported seeing clowns in various locations - though they later admitted to police their story wasn't true.

On Wednesday, commuters reported a clown walking on a Mt. Pleasant, S.C. bridge.

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