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Hudson -- A slight panic was caused at Hudson Middle School Sept. 30 after a person was seen wearing a clown mask and wig into an auto tech program next to the school during the eighth-grade lunch hour.
The mask wearer was determined to be a student, not from Hudson, who was attending an auto class as part of the Compact District Six program which serves 25,000 students in the Hudson, Cuyahoga Falls, Kent, Stow-Munroe Falls, Tallmadge and Woodridge school districts.
According to the Hudson City Schools, some eighth-grade students saw the mask wearer from a window.
"They've seen the news and it scared them," according to the district.
Hudson Middle School Principal Kim Cockley contacted parents via a school-wide phone call, after staff calmed the students and determined the mask-wearer was not a threat.
"I want to first assure you that everything is fine at Hudson Middle School. I do, however, want to provide you with details about an incident that just occurred," Cockley said in the school-wide phone call. "We have been in contact with our central office administration, our Student Resource Office, and the student's school to help them begin a disciplinary investigation.
"Again, our students are safe, and we were able to share this information with them to help them feel safe and at ease."
No information on the auto program student was available at press time.