WAVERLY -- There will be no circus in town for the Waverly Central School District this Halloween.

District officials announced this week that clown costumes will be prohibited on school grounds in light of the recent clown pranks occurring nationally and locally.

As a result, any adult dressed as a clown will not be allowed to enter district facilities and any student donning the circus attire and makeup will be asked to change, according to a statement issued by the district Friday.

"It's sad but true," Superintendent Dr. Randy Richards said during this week's school board meeting. "Between a pillow case and a sheet, that's one of the age-old go-to costumes. But it's not a good environment based on the clown madness that's been happening. It's sad that it has come to that."

The recommendation to bar the decades-old popular costume was spearheaded by Elm Street Elementary Principal John Cheresnowsky, said Richards.

"I had to agree with him," the superintendent said.

"We at Waverly look forward to this season of fall and Halloween festivities planned throughout the district for our student body to enjoy," read Friday's issued statement. "Thank you for understanding and respecting our decision to keep the student body safe."

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