12.10.2016

Reassurance for pupils regarding clown craze

Pupils in schools across Wales are being reassured about personal safety with regards to the recent clown craze by our team of School Community Police Officers. Officers currently delivering Assemblies and lessons around Operation Bang, which educates youngsters about the Do’s and Don’ts around Halloween and Fireworks Night, are extending key messages to include reassurance about this latest craze.

The key message is to ‘Have fun and stay safe’.

Younger pupils in primary schools are empowered to tell an adult about any concerns they may have and if going out to follow these simple rules:

  • Take an adult when going out whenever they can, otherwise,
  • Tell an adult where they’re going,

  • Stay with friends,

  • Never talk to strangers,

  • Take a phone in case of emergencies.

Older pupils in Secondary schools are advised to about the legal consequences of Anti-Social Behaviour. School Community Police Officers encourage youngsters  to take ownership for their actions and gain an understanding  that vulnerable people can get very frightened by so called ‘pranks’. Recognising that their own family members – e.g. grandparents or siblings could be victims also helps get the message across.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, said: “We want people to enjoy themselves and although the creepy clown craze may seem like harmless fun on the surface, it is quite frightening to those who experience it, especially for young children and older people who may feel vulnerable. We have heard how children have been understandably upset and distressed by some incidents. People need to think about the consequences of their action on others. This practice could be dangerous as calls from distressed residents can tie up resources which should be responding to more serious incidents.”