MCDUFFIE COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) --
Deputies in Georgia are investigating after reports that a clown harassed students who were walking to a bus stop on Tuesday.
Every morning, kids like 12-year-old Cameron Frails walk to wait for the bus in McDuffie County, Georgia.
"It was this morning at 6:30 when we were leaving at the house," said Cameron Frails, who saw the clown.
But as Frails and his neighbor, Hannah Rice, started walking, they noticed something.
"I was standing over there," said Rice. "And I was like, 'who's that guy following Cameron?'"
"We saw a man with all black on, clown mask and a red wig," said Frails.
They said they saw at least two men dressed in all black coming toward them between two trailers, so they started running.
"And I told my brother to run and scream as loud as he can," said Frails.
That's what they did, and that's when their parents called 911.
"I started to cry when I got on the bus," said Rice.
"Scared: I didn't know what to do at first," said Frails.
And it's not the first time law enforcement has responded to a report like this across the region. It started in Greenville, S.C. and has spread to the Augusta area and west to LaGrange, Georgia.
This scanner traffic is from Aiken County, Georgia: "Subject dressed in a red-and-yellow suit with a clown mask through the woods; he also had a green laser light, shining it through windows."
It's a case the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office is taking seriously.
"Until we can prove otherwise, we don't know there wasn't a clown. Something scared these children this morning," said Major Ronnie Williamson with the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office.
Maj. Williamson said, once they knew children were involved, they opened an investigation.
"We fully intend to charge someone if we can prove the malicious intent," said Williamson.
Many of those children scared to go to school or walk to the bus stop by themselves.
"My mom is going to take us to school and drive us up to the bus stop from now on," said Frails.
"I'm not going by myself. My mom's coming with me," said Rice.
McDuffie County is now investigating the incident. They said that even if this were a prank, the people behind it could still face charges.