AUBURN, MASS. >> Police in Massachusetts say they plan to pursue charges against a man they say wore a scary clown mask and followed his child's school bus, frightening several children.

Auburn police say some of the middle school age children were so scared that they hid under a backyard deck.

Police say the man followed the bus on Tuesday and they posted a picture on their Facebook page Thursday saying they intended to seek charges of disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. Because the charges have not been formally filed, the man's name was not made public.

Police wrote on Facebook "We are hopeful that others will learn from this incident and not repeat these types of behaviors."

Threatening clown sightings have been reported across the nation in recent weeks.