Students 'screaming' as clowns with chainsaws enter city school
A bid to promote a Halloween event backfired badly after a group of creepy clowns frightened students at a Dublin school.
Staff at Newpark Comprehensive School in Blackrock called gardai after three members of a promotions company entered the school without permission with a prop that onlookers say looked "identical" to a chainsaw.
Students leaving a PE class were horrified when they encountered them.
It is understood that the clowns, who intended to hand out leaflets about a Halloween horror attraction, had not received permission to approach students.
The incident happened last Thursday as second-year students were preparing to leave the sports hall after their PE class.
In a letter to parents, principal Derek Lowry said the clowns "entered the school campus without any authorisation" and one of them "was carrying a prop that looked identical to a chainsaw".
He added that a number of students were "distressed" by the incident, and asked parents whose children were upset to get in touch.
Mr Lowry also wrote that school authorities had spoken with local gardai, who have been in contact with the promotions company involved.
One mother, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Herald that her daughter was "deeply shocked" by what had happened.
She added that the clowns entered the yard with convincing props.
"The had creepy laughter. My daughter told me that at least one teacher was panicking," she said.
"The level of hysteria among some of the students was shocking.
"One of the sixth-year students was screaming, telling everyone to stay indoors."
The woman added that her daughter could not sleep that night.
"I just can't understand it," she said. "First of all, how could they think about doing something like this to promote a show?
"How could people dressed up as clowns with what looks like a chainsaw get into a school?"
The woman also said that videos of the incident were circulating among the students and were now frightening those who had not been near the sports hall when the incident happened.
She also called on the school to urgently review its security procedures.
School management were unavailable for comment when contacted by the Herald over the weekend.
The incident happened as several Halloween horror attractions open across the capital before the end of the month.
Gardai said it is a civil matter and will not be investigating.
The scare comes as pranksters dressed as evil clowns have been chasing and terrorising unsuspecting passers-by across the world.