Updated: Creepy clown scaring students in Langley

"Creepy clowns" spotted at both HD Stafford Middle School and Simonds Elementary School

A 'creepy clown' has been scaring students walking to school near HD Stafford Middle School. The principal sent a letter home to parents on Thursday letting them know of two creepy clown encounters. The police say it is a prank by a teenager.

It seems the creepy clown phenomenon has hit Langley.

Two brothers, ages 12 and 9, spotted a clown standing just outside of Simonds Elementary School on 202 Street and 48 Avenue today at 12:20 p.m. (pictured below).

“They ran to a house down the street and pretended to live there, and they said when they came back out to the street maybe 5-10 minutes (later) it was gone,” their mother, Jamie-Lee Cavallari wrote to the Times.

Cavallari says her son wasn’t the only one who spotted the clown. Another mom told her she also saw a clown at the side of the road in that neighbourhood early this morning.

These sightings come after a letter was sent home to parents at nearby HD Stafford Middle School yesterday, where several students say they were confronted by a stranger in a clown mask who jumped out of the bush while they walked to school in the morning hours twice this week.

A third creepy clown encounter happened at Stafford just yesterday morning (Oct. 6).

Police confirm that this is “a prank being pulled by teenagers,” the letter reads.

“We have spoken with the children at length about what they encountered and they said they didn’t feel threatened and knew it was a prank, describing the clown mask worn by an unknown teenager,” said Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Largy.

“The school administration and the RCMP have investigated the situation and do not believe there is immediate danger to students,” said principal Shawn Davids in his letter home to parents.

However, out of an abundance of caution, the principal is recommending that students walking to school be vigilant in the coming weeks leading up to Halloween and in light of the ‘creepy clown’ internet phenomenon taking place around the world.

He asks that students walk in pairs and not to wear headphones or text while walking, but to be aware of their surroundings.

The creepy clown prank has been taking North America by storm this year, with many sightings of the scary mask-wearing pranksters popping up all over with the intent of causing fear. But this is the first of its kind for Langley.

Jamie-Lee Cavallari’s 12-year-old son captured this photo of a clown standing near Simonds Elementary just after noon today.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Massive fire at Port Coquitlam rail yard

Witnesses report hearing a loud bang before a ball of flame shot into the sky

Bird count scheduled for Langley area

Volunteers collect data that is shared with the Metro Vancouver regional authority

B.C. man accused of impersonating an officer eludes capture

Arrest warrant still stands for Bryce Scott Telford

Medal of each colour for Eagles junior girls

Triple overtime loss in championship final of North Delta touranment for Langley’s Mountain Secondary

Gators take top spot at Top-Ten Shootout

Walnut Grove senior girls basketball team is a perfect 23-0 on the season

Mom delivers plastic mats to Langley’s homeless

Jenifer Kosman fashions sleeping mats from plastic grocery bags

Back to work: U.S. government shutdown ends after Democrats relent

Short-term spending measure means both sides could see another shutdown stalemate in three weeks

Man lives despite malfunctioning defibrillator at B.C. arena

A middle-aged man went into cardiac arrest after at game at Pitt Meadows Arena last Wednesday.

Cause of Northern B.C. seaplane crash released

TSB releases report on seaplane crash during a water landing in 2016 near First Nations community

Vancouver police crack down on pop-up pot vendors

Officers raided merchants’ tables on Robson Square late Sunday

Bell Media, NFL take appeal over Super Bowl ad rules to top court

At issue is a ban on substituting American ads with Canadian ones during the game’s broadcast

Crown seeks 4.5 years jail for B.C. woman convicted of counselling tax evasion

Debbie Anderson the latest from group to face jail for teaching debunked ‘natural person’ theory

Movie filmed in Castlegar B.C. opens Friday

Hollow in the Land starring Dianna Agron will be playing in select cinemas.

Protect your home and save: New sensor stops flooding in its tracks

BC-made system offers solution to damaging leaks from water tanks, dishwashers and more

Most Read