There is an epidemic sweeping the country that is downright creepy.
Clown hysteria has become widespread as reports come in from across the nation of creepy clown sightings and encounters. In a first for the White House, the clown phenomenon question was brought up by a reporter at a press briefing Tuesday.
This is officially an epidemic https://t.co/Yctvqa5L3w
— Scary Clown Sighting (@SpookyClowns) October 4, 2016
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 4, 2016
— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) October 4, 2016
Plenty of people suffer from coulrophobia, an irrational fear of clowns, but when a marketing stunt for a 16-minute horror film, “Gags, the Green Bay Clown,” went viral, the clown sightings took off.
— Deplorable Mary (@Pkrbkrmary) September 30, 2016
Serious reports of creepy clowns appearing in cities across the country and of clowns attempting to lure children surfaced.
Clowns are trying to lure children into the woods in multiple states. https://t.co/54raIVQW1j
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) September 28, 2016
— WMC Action News 5 (@WMCActionNews5) September 24, 2016
Chesterfield PD says it received 6 calls overnight about creepy clowns in Midlothian, Woodlake, Chester. Says some calls may be pranks#NBC12
— Colleen Quigley (@ColleenNBC12) September 28, 2016
College campuses and schools in multiple cities reported clown sightings.
— Des Moines Register (@DMRegister) October 4, 2016
“Don’t be afraid of the clowns,” senior cop urges as creepy clown rumors spread online at major college campuses: https://t.co/Evj513dDR8
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 4, 2016
WATCH: “What do we want? CLOWNS!” Creepy clown incidents on the rise! Police sweep campuses across the country… https://t.co/QdQlC5X8TX
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 4, 2016
While some of the reports were unfounded or just pranks, there were many disturbing incidents that police have been contending with.
A 13-year-old Virginia girl was arrested for allegedly soliciting someone with a clown profile picture to kill her teacher.
Authorities say a 13yo Hampton girl asked a person posing as a clown on social media to kill one of her teachers.https://t.co/nGZGM5ThFt
— ABC13News (@ABC13News) October 4, 2016
Another 13 year-old in Philadelphia who made clown threats against her school told police it was just a prank.
Update: a 13 yr old juvenile female has been identified in reference to clown-related threats posted on social media.https://t.co/owpjXbjvfb
— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) October 3, 2016
A Texas teen was the culprit behind clown-related terror threats made online and discovered by police.
14-year-old arrested for Livingston…: Parents warn your kids – police are not playing around with the clown… https://t.co/alstIaoZwT
— Houston NewsChannel (@houston_nc) October 4, 2016
School officials in New Haven, Connecticut issued a statement to parents noting that “clown-themed posturing has been a growing trend” and moved to “prohibit clown costumes and any symbols of terror during this Halloween season.”
— NEWSTALK1010 (@NEWSTALK1010) October 4, 2016
— 98 PXY (@98PXYRochester) October 5, 2016
In other reports, police urged precaution and for people not to shoot “random clowns.”
— David Beard (@dabeard) October 4, 2016
And some real clowns, it seems, are not happy about the negative attention.
— Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) September 29, 2016
With Halloween fast approaching, the clown epidemic may be sticking around for a little while.
This whole “creepy clown” thing has everyone freaking out. But, think about this: was there ever a time when clowns WERENT creepy?
— Christi Lukasiak (@ChristiLukasiak) October 4, 2016
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