Target removes clown masks from stores, online

MINNEAPOLIS - Halloween costume shoppers won't be finding any "creepy clown" masks on Target store shelves or online.

The decision was made late last week to pull all clown masks from stores, out of sensitivity for the "creepy clown" scare that’s spreading across the nation.

Target spokesperson Joshua Thomas told KARE 11 there were only a few in-store clown mask options. Those are no longer available for purchase.

"There was a much broader assortment available on Target.com and we pulled a good portion of those masks as well," Thomas said.

As of Sunday evening, a few masks remained online. Thomas said those too will be pulled very soon.

Police in several states, including Texas, have been dealing with threats and pranks related to people wearing clown masks.

Earlier this month, police in Manor arrested a high school student for allegedly creating a "Bobby da Klown" Facebook page to threaten other students. Austin police also arrested Noah Hollingsworth, 17, and charged him with a misdemeanor terroristic threat. Though Hollingsworth did admit to making the "arnietheclown" account to police, he told KVUE he only intended for it to be a joke among friends.


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