CROSS COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Cross County Schools will ban clown costumes for the first time this Halloween.
According to Superintendent Carolyn Wilson, the school has previously never had costume guidelines other than enforcing the dress code.
"With the current issues about the clowns we are going to avoid that this year," said Wilson.
After recent clown sightings across the nation, the school said some of their students are afraid.
Wilson said after hearing concerns from parents, they have chosen to ban happy and scary clown costumes altogether.
They hope to present this to the children in a way that will not evoke more fear.
"The principal is very good about being sensitive to how she presents that," said Wilson. "It's going to be something to the effect of, even though clowns are funny and cute, we're not going to do any this year because we want to be a little bit different."
She said she thinks it is necessary for the school to do this to show parents that they are aware of the recent happenings and they want to protect students from being scared.
"I assume the people that are doing these things are doing it as a joke, but it's not funny," said Wilson. "It is scary to little kids."