A Georgia girl was arrested for bringing a knife to school because she feared clowns might attack her, reports said.

The girl, 11, was arrested Friday at Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School in Athens after hearing recent media reports about children allegedly spotting clowns in several states, including Georgia, the  Athens-Banner Herald reported. Those sightings have yet to be backed up by evidence.

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"She said that the reason she had the knife was for protection for her and her family because she had heard the stories about clowns jumping out of the woods and attacking children," a Athens-Clarke County Police report said, according to Patch.

A school police officer reportedly questioned the girl after she was brought to the principal’s office. The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice was then contacted, and she released into her mother’s custody and charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds.