Clowns sightings in Macon, parents concerned


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Concerned parents say clowns are terrifying students on their way to school.

Bibb Deputies responded to a call Tuesday morning on Elkan Avenue about clowns chasing kids.

“If it’s a joke, it’s not funny. If you think this is something to play with, don’t. Take it serious,” says Aisha Thompson.

Thompson, a mother of four, says her older kids walk to school and drop their younger sibling off at the bus stop every morning.

Tuesday morning, they ran back home within minutes, and told their mother they were being chased by clowns.

“They saw a laser light. When we were having our discussion about this yesterday, it was mentioned that they would be in the woods shining one of those lasers to get the children’s attention, so they said they started to walk fast and as they approached the woods they came out and they took off running,” she continues.

Last month, NBC news reported clowns lurking in the woods in Greenville, South Carolina forcing residents to keep an eye open.

Reports stated the clowns were carrying flashing green laser lights; and in this case, the same.

Lt. Randy Gonzalez with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office says, “We’d like to find out who they are because we don’t want them giving small children impressions that clowns are scary because we as adults growing up know that clowns to us were not scary.”

“Kids think they’re going to school is their job. They’re unable to perform their job correct, having fear,” said concerned mother Teria Davis.

Thompson says her younger child attends Southfield Elementary which is nearby the area. She adds she will have to take her kids to school on her own until this issue is resolved.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s office says deputies will be patrolling the area to make sure kids stay safe.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!