Police: 12-year-old “clown” brought knives to East Lansing school


East Lansing police are working with other school officials, court officials, and parents to figure out how to handle the case of a 12-year-old “clown” who brought knives to school.

Police got word this morning about a student at Macdonald Middle School who had threatened other kids while wearing a clown mask.

Incidents and stories about people causing trouble – or threatening to cause trouble – while dressed up as clowns has sparked concern around the nation. Several threats and arrests have happened here in Michigan.

Police say the girl chased kids around at a Meridian Township bus stop this morning with a clown mask on her head and knives in her hands, though they believe the girl only wanted to scare kids and did not intend to stab them. No one was hurt.

A school officer did find two large kitchen knives in the girl’s backpack when they reached her at school.

East Lansing police say they’re working with the Meridian Township police, the Ingham County prosecutor’s office, the East Lansing school district, the girl’s parents, and the probate court to see if the girl will face charges.


Stay tuned to 6 News as we continue to follow this developing story. We’ll have more on this incident and other clown-related threats tonight on 6 News at 6.

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