- The Washington Times - Monday, October 17, 2016

Target has started pulling clown masks from store shelves just days ahead of Halloween due to a growing number of creepy clown sightings that have put the country on edge.

A Target representative told ABC News that the decision was made out of “sensitivity to the issue at hand” after multiple reported incidents of masked clowns committing crimes and attempting to scare people.

“We had a few masks in stores, which we began to pull last week,” a media representative said. “We also have edited down our assortment online. You’ll still find clown masks there, but we made the decision to pull back on the number.”

In recent months, clown sightings — real and fake — have been reported in over 40 states and the hysteria has started to spread to other countries. Some schools have been forced to close to investigate threats of violence from masked clowns on social media, USA Today reported.

Target had no reports on whether it saw a rise in clown masks sales since reports of clown sightings started in August, ABC News reported.



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