Clowns are getting a bad reputation throughout the United States. (Pixabay)
Halloween is just around the corner and people are getting ready for scary festivities, though some individuals have been taking things just a little too far.
People dressed up in frightening clown costumes have been terrorizing many communities all over the U.S. leaving the safety of many threatened. The clowns are now everywhere, becoming a full-on epidemic. Reports from different states say that they are scaring, chasing and even attacking people.
The first clown sighting was in Greenville, South Carolina. Greenville deputies were the first to respond to calls stating that clowns were attempting to lure kids into the woods, and that they had been seen in woody areas. On August 21 dispatchers confirmed police responded to a call saying that a suspicious character in a clown outfit were terrorizing kids in the neighborhood calling them into the woods, according to Fox Carolina,
Fox Carolina became involved when a letter was released by Fleetwood Manor Apartments in Greenville. The letter was given to residents of Fleetwood Manor in regard to the clown sighting:
“To The Residents of Fleetwood Manor
There has [sic] been several conversation [sic] and a lot of complaints to the office regarding a clown or a person dressed in clown clothing taking children or trying to lure children in the woods. First and foremost at Fleetwood Manor Apartments childrens [sic] safety is a top priority. At no time should a child be alone at night, or walking in the roads or wooded areas at night. Also if a person or persons are seen you are to immediately call the police. Greenville County Police Department is aware of the situation and have been riding [sic] the property daily. Remember there is a 10 p.m. curfew for the property so to ensure your childrens [sic] safety please keep them in the house during night hours and make sure at ALL times children are supervised. Anymore information that becomes regarding this issue will be sent out to all residents.
This was the start to many more clown sighting throughout the United States. Different sightings were reported throughout the Midwest, East, South and now the West Coast.
San Diego had their first eyewitness. Dylan Weese said his father saw three males dressed up as clowns hanging out near the Hamburger Factory in Poway on October 5. 10news reported Weese’s father had to swerve out the way in order to not hit one of them and was really freaked out by what had happened.
“He’s not like a big social media guy, so he was like kinda freaking out, he didn’t know the whole spiel on Twitter so he was like, ‘what the heck,’ he had no idea,” Weese said, according to KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego.
Later that evening, two teenage boys were caught by deputies messing around wearing clown masks, however no evidence traced that they were responsible for what happened earlier that day. Deputies let them off easy for the night.
In Northern California, a woman said she had to fight off a man in a clown costume to keep him from from kidnapping her child in Concord on October 7, according to ABC7/Los Angeles.
She said the man dressed as clown with no makeup or mask on his face, but wore a curly, blue wig. Corp. Chris Blakely was on the scene shortly after the incident and reported what happened to ABC 7 news.
“The male suspect tries to grab, actually grabs the arm of the 1-year-old child and tugs and pulls on it,” said Blakely. “So, the mom thought that maybe he was trying to pull her daughter away and she reacted by kicking the suspect in the shin two times.”
ABC 7 said that detectives were looking for witnesses, or any video footage that might be helpful to the case.
Many of these clown goofs are said to be pranksters trying to be funny for Halloween fun. However, the majority do not find the sighting of these clowns humorous. Many people actually feel their lives, and children’s safety is at risk.
Multiple social medias have videos that have gone viral involving multiple encounters with clowns. Even some leading to physical abuse.
Clown Sighting tweeted a video of a group of guys who noticed a clown walking down the street in Burbank. The guys reacted aggressively and started to shout at the clown, eventually getting out of the car and beating the clown to the ground.
“What the f***…who is that” said one of the guys. “Its those f***ing clowns bro, I put it down” said another. “Ay he’s coming up, lets f*** this [guy] up” said another one of the guys.
Another video tweeted by Clown Sighting shows a clown walking in an open field and a group of teenagers who jumped over the fence and started chasing after the clown in revenge.
Violence is starting to be results of many individuals encounters with the clowns.
The image of serial killing clown has been embedded into the public’s mind after John Wayne Gacy, the infamous serial killer, turned the clown charm into a true terror. Gacy quoted that “You know…clowns can get away with murder” according to Clifford Linedecker, a reporter for the Dixon Patch.
Now with that being said, one can understand citizens’ reaction to the hooligans on the streets terrorizing civilians.
Police departments have advised pranksters to not copycat any clown crimes. They have also advised teenagers to avoid dressing as a clown for this Halloween according to CNN.