Target removes clown masks from stores, online

Reaction plenty to Target pulling clown masks

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 clown masks to choose from in stores. Those are no longer available for purchase.

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

As of Sunday evening, a few masks remained online. By Monday, all were pulled. Clown costumes are still available for purchase. 

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

Earlier this month, police in Bloomington arrested a 13-year-old boy after allegedly making a school-related "creepy clown" threat on social media. Hopkins Police also arrested a 15-year-old girl from Bloomington over allegations of a clown named "Kroacky Klown" making threats to "kill" on a Facebook page by the same name.

Many are reacting, both for and against, to Target's position to pull the masks.




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