ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. -- Teresa Robertson gets all dressed up a few days a week and transforms into "Buggles," the Christian clown.
“All my magic tricks, they have a gospel message to it," Robertson said.
It's something Robertson has done part-time for the past 13 years.
"I face paint,” she said. “I do balloon animals."
But Robertson fears some of the birthday parties and events she normally gets booked for may soon dry up.
"I'm sure business will be slow from here on out because children are going to be scared of clowns," she said.
Within the past few weeks, police in High Point, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and parts of Forsyth County have reported sightings of people dressed as clowns. Some of them approaching, chasing or trying to lure children away, according to police.
"You don't take something so innocent and make it so ugly," Robertson said.
Robertson says it hurts her, knowing people are abusing her profession to possibly harm innocent kids.
She hopes police find the suspects soon.
“I hope they catch them, and I hope they're punished,” she said.
In the meantime, she's worried about her own safety.
“Some people may shoot first and ask questions later not knowing that I'm not going to harm any children," Robertson said.
She’s being extra cautious whenever she goes out as Buggles.
"Before I'd just go bee bopping down the street, wherever,” she said. “I definitely won't be going anywhere near the woods."