Like something out of a crazy urban legend horror film, sinister clowns are walking off the silver screen and into reality on the backstreets and main drags of towns across America. Now, as we get closer to Halloween, they’re moving into Pennsylvania…
In late September York College students reported seeing other students, on and off campus, dressed as clowns. These reports included one in which a car-load of clowns was allegedly seen, and those clowns may have been carrying guns.
Pottsville Police received reports by Schuylkill County residents of two men dressed as clows who yelled at children at a playground and then sped off.
What’s going on people? Feels like we’re inside a Stephen King movie.
Penn State “Clown Hunt”
Students at Penn State University went on a clown hunt after reports of a creepy clown began circulating around campus. It was a mob of student vigilanties against an unseen adversary, since there were no eye-witnesses, just rumors of mysterious clown sightings. One student tweeted, “CLOWNS have caused riots and clown hunting at penn state this is the end.”
16 Year Old Student Stabbed to Death in Clown Mask Dispute
What was previously just rumors and creepy sightings of clowns has become all too real following the death of a 16 year old Reading high school student on the night of September 25.
The Reading Eagle reported that police found the body of 16 year old Christian Torres on the front porch of a row home in Reading following an incident in which a fight broke out with someone “wearing a clown mask” according to District Attorney John T. Adams.
Subsequent information released by police indicates that Torres was in fact the person wearing a mask, and that this generated some sort of “controversy” in the neighborhood resulting in the fight which led to the stabbing incident. The mask is reported as being similar to one seen in the film The Purge. However, according to quick research, masks in the film do not really resemble clowns.
13 YO Girl Fesses Up to Murderous Clown Threat Posts
A 13 year old girl and her accomplice have been arrested following threats made against students in Philadelphia which stirred more clown terror among local residents.
A few different Instagram accounts — phillyclown215, phillyclowns215, clown_of_philly and clownsofphilly — are attributed with clown-related Philly school posts, which could be copycat posts, but the 13 year old suspect and her freind apparently posted using phillyclowns215 and clown_of_philly.
Those accounts are responsible for posting clown images with the captions, “clown_of_philly Coming to Neuman Goretti on Monday!! Gonna shoot all the kids and teachers” as well as the phillyclowns215 threat, “the gang is in philly. (skull image) watch ya mans or you’ll get kidnapped. (skull image) The schools we’ll be at on wednesday, thursday and friday are Hopkinsin, nueva, edison, mba, spruance, and northeast hs. y’all ain’t safe. it’s 12 of us yaheard.”
It seems that we’re looking at a form of hysteria prompted by a combination of social media rumors, hype, hoaxes and maybe a few real sinister incidents involving clowns with ill intent.
As always we should exercise caution, play it safe, and avoid dangerous situations, but let’s not go beating up on people just because they happen to be dressed as a clown. The likely reason is that they are just playing a prank. So, just walk away.
However, if you suspect serious criminal activity at the hands of a clown-clad villain call the police and get yourself to safety.
Oh, and if you’ve got big enough tassels to dress as a clown this Halloween, do it right, but don’t get yourself into trouble!
And if clowns aren’t your thing, check out some of these other creepy Morphsuits Halloween costumes. This Zalgo costume is cool.