JENKS, Okla. — Quick facts:
- People across the country have recently reported seeing menacing clowns.
- In Green Country, clowns on social media have reportedly contacted local children and posted pictures at area schools.
- School officials at Jenks said the threats were a hoax.
People are worried that clowns in the Tulsa and surrounding area will come onto school campuses and kidnap children.
Pictures of clowns on school campuses have been spreading like wildfire over social media.
Jenks Schools says the pictures are a hoax, but they are not the only school in Oklahoma seeing threats.
Skiatook, Oklahoma City and Hominy have all had similar scares.
Skiatook police even took to Facebook to remind people it is illegal for someone to hide their face or wear a mask to try to scare or harass someone.
People across the U.S. have reported seeing clowns standing by the roadside or trying to lure children into the woods.
A Jenks parent said an Instagram user named "Calico the Killer Clown" messaged her daughter asking where she goes to school.
That account has since been deleted.
Jenks sent a letter home to parents saying campus police investigated the pictures of clowns and verified they were not taken on school property.
Fear of clowns is called clourophobia. In some cases, that fear has led to arrests, with dozens of police stations claiming to have arrested menacing clowns across the country.