DELTONA, FL — Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies say a boy found a good use for a selfie stick during a clown encounter on the way to school Tuesday.
The sheriff’s office posted about the case on Facebook with a warning to “evil clowns and anyone considering creepy clown activity.”
“We will not be there to save you if your intended target defends himself or herself, and you may face other penalties as well.”
Deputies say the 11-year-old was riding his bicycle near Pine Ridge High School on Howland Boulevard when the boy said the clown jumped out from behind a light pole and bushes.
The victim told deputies the clown attempted to grab him, and while no physical contact was actually made, the victim feared the clown was going to hit him. So out of self-defense, the victim said he grabbed his metal selfie stick and hit the clown several times.
The sheriff’s office said the victim ran as the clown chased him a short distance. Then the clown tripped and fell, and went back into the bushes.
The victim notified a school crossing guard and some teachers about the encounter.
No deputies saw the clown in the area.
The victim said the clown was 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing about 230 pounds, with blue clown hair, a rainbow painted face, a red foam nose, a green long-sleeved shirt, black pants and black boots.
If you know or saw anything related to the incident, you can contact the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.