Creepy Clowns Are Terrorising America’s Kids

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New York: Last week in Athens, Georgia, an 11-year-old was arrested for taking a knife to her school. The young girl informed authorities that the knife was to protect her and her family, fearing stories she had heard of clowns jumping out of the woods and attacking children.

A week prior to the incident, a woman called 911 saying she and her children were terrorised by group of clowns brandishing fake knives – they sprang out of bushes and abandoned houses and chased them from a bus stop.

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In Georgia’s neighbour Tennessee, a school in the Oak Ridge area went into a ‘soft lockdown’ of 15 minutes this week, after two students reported seeing a clown in the woods near the school.

Southeast America is currently under the grip of a clown-menace like no other. The creepy clown problem began in South Carolina on August 20, when a resident of an apartment complex in Greenwood County reported that a clown was trying to lure children into the woods with large amounts of money. No police report was filed as the caller refused to identify self.

Later, another woman in the area reported that the same day her child saw several clowns whispering, ‘making strange noises’ and waving green laser lights in the woods. She claimed her elder son heard chains and banging on their front door that night.

Various other women too approached local police, saying their children reported seeing clowns in the woods nearby. “At first, I thought he was telling a fib and I said, ‘Go in the house and we’ll talk about this again,’ because I didn’t want it all over the place,” Arnold said. “And then the next day, there was like 30 kids that came up to me and said, ‘Ms Donna, Ms Donna, there’s clowns in the woods.’ My child was with me, so I knew they had to see something.  There was more than one kid that seen them, so I feel confident that he was telling the truth,” a mother told local newscaster WYFF.

Ultimately, the apartment complex around which all these sightings were reported (within a span of two days), enforced a 10 pm deadline to ensure children’s safety.

In another South Carolina town, a 12-year-old told police he saw two clowns in his garden – one with red hair and the other with a white mask and body suit. According to a report by FOX Carolina, the kid claimed a person was taking photographs of children.

Early this month, a 50-year-old woman told police that four men dressed as clowns followed her home in a black car, one of whom waved at her before driving off.

What began in SC, has now spread across various neighbouring states, with sightings being reported from North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Ohio. Police are yet to nab any of these ‘clowns’.

Last week in Athens, Georgia, an 11-year-old was arrested for taking a knife to her school. The young girl informed authorities that the knife was to protect her and her family, fearing stories she had heard of clowns jumping out of the woods and attacking children.

A week prior to the incident, a woman called 911 saying she and her children were terrorised by group of clowns brandishing fake knives – they sprang out of bushes and abandoned houses and chased them from a bus stop.

In Georgia’s neighbour Tennessee, a school in the Oak Ridge area went into a ‘soft lockdown’ of 15 minutes this week, after two students reported seeing a clown in the woods near the school.

The creepy clown problem began in South Carolina on August 20, when a resident of an apartment complex in Greenwood County reported that a clown was trying to lure children into the woods with large amounts of money. No police report was filed as the caller refused to identify self.

Later, another woman in the area reported that the same day her child saw several clowns whispering, ‘making strange noises’ and waving green laser lights in the woods. She claimed her elder son heard chains and banging on their front door that night.

Various other women too approached local police, saying their children reported seeing clowns in the woods nearby. “At first, I thought he was telling a fib and I said, ‘Go in the house and we’ll talk about this again,’ because I didn’t want it all over the place,” Arnold said. “And then the next day, there was like 30 kids that came up to me and said, ‘Ms Donna, Ms Donna, there’s clowns in the woods.’ My child was with me, so I knew they had to see something.

In another South Carolina town, a 12-year-old told police he saw two clowns in his garden – one with red hair and the other with a white mask and body suit. According to a report by FOX Carolina, the kid claimed a person was taking photographs of children.

What began in SC, has now spread across various neighbouring states, with sightings being reported from North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Ohio.

In North Carolina, two children reported seeing a clown trying to lure kids into the woods with treats in the in Winston-Salem area, while one adult reported hearing the clown. Later that week, another woman said a male clown wielding a machete tried to lure her into the woods.

More than six clown sightings were reported within the week. In Alabama, terror spread over Facebook as fake profiles were created under names like Flomo Klown, Shoota Cllown, Bingerman Clownferd and ClappyAndslappy DaClown. These profiles were used to threaten schools, and actually led to multiple schools shutting down.

In popular culture, clowns are mostly represented as menacing figures – be it the Stephen King’s It (horror) or the Joker in the Batman series (thriller). But a coulrophobic’s worst nightmare would be serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who worked part time as a clown.

The only clown remembered in positive light is probably McDonald’s Ronald. It’s not a surprise then, that some people are speculating that the sightings could be a hoax or a marketing strategy. Some say this could be an attempt by fans to promote the 2017 movie release of Stephen King’s It, while a local TV station suggests this could be marketing ploy for Rob Zombie’s upcoming film about a group of kidnapped carnival workers.

Further, clowns are mostly reported by children, with no additional video or photo proofs. In one case in North Carolina, the complainant woman snapped a photo of the clown she saw, but it was too dark to make out.

 

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