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Target pulls clown masks from its stores

Posted: 1:03 PM, Oct 17, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-17 13:04:45-04

If you were hoping to dress up as a clown this Halloween, you'll have to find your costume somewhere other than Target. The retail giant has  pulled clown masks  from its stores.

Creepy clown masks  reportedly  began disappearing from stores last week, and the company officially confirmed it was removing its selection Sunday. 

A Target representative said the decision to pull the masks was made out of " sensitivity to the issue at hand. "

And if you don't know what that issue is, here's a quick refresher. Creepy clowns have been sighted across the nation and have kind of freaked people out.

It started in South Carolina in August. Clowns reportedly  lurked around  an apartment complex in Greenville and tried to lure kids into the woods. 

One child  told WSPA ., "There were clowns running in the woods telling the kids that they had candy, and they would give it to them if they came there."

But it didn't end there. While a lot of these incidents appear to be senseless pranks, some encounters have been more threatening.

In Georgia, a group of kids were  chased by clowns  as they walked to school. 

Authorities said none of the clowns made physical contact, but the kids were still pretty shaken up.

And after that, three people dressed as clowns reportedly  dragged  an Oklahoma woman out of her car and attacked her.

The masks aren't just gone from brick-and-mortar locations. If you  search  "clown mask" on the chain's website, the page doesn't show any.

An official  told ABC  the online selection has just been decreased, not entirely deleted. 


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