Target removes clown masks from stores and online after recent scares

- Target has decided to pull clown masks from its stores and online.

The Minneapolis-based retailer said it made the decision because of recent clown scares popping up across social media.

“Given the current environment, we have made the decision to remove a variety of clown masks from our assortment, both in stores and online.” Target spokesperson, Joshua Thomas said.

The recent social media craze shows people wearing clown masks and going up to people to scare them. There have also been reports of clown threats in several states, including Minnesota.

Earlier this month, Bloomington police arrested a 13-year-old who made creepy clown threats and a 15-year-old who made threats using “Kroacky Klown.” Several police departments across the state have addressed false reports of threats using the clown scare.

RELATED: 13-year-old arrested for clown-related social media threats

MORE: Local authorities address clown rumors

MORE: 15-year-old girl behind "Kroacky Klown" threats

Not all clown costumes have been removed, Target said the clown costumes that appear to be a “happier” clown will still be available in stores and online.

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