A student caught the photo online and alerted the superintendent, saying she "was appalled" that an adult would wear a mask like this with the recent string of clown-related crime stories. "I'd say that the safety and security of kids is not an overreaction," Troy Ferguson, St. Francis superintendent, told KARE. "And they're just very, very afraid of it."
KMSP reports Hildre’s former players are rallying to have him back as their coach as they met with the school board on Monday to "Bring Ben back." "It was a joke, none of us felt threatened at all," Madison Mart, a senior, told KMSP. "It’s just sad that they took this out of proportion and got rid of him," Elsie Johnson, another senior, added.