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Threats from Clown Town

Gavin Halsey, Reporter

Police have been getting many reports regarding clowns terrorizing the public in multiple states around the country.

Men dressed up in colored hair and big red shoes does not seem like the ‘norm’ in today’s society. The people behind these costumes are giving people a reason to be on edge. It is unclear if the clown sightings are related to one another or not. Either way, these sightings have instilled fear in those who are witnesses to it.

Most of the reports have been of men dressed in clown attire standing outside of residential areas: standing there, not saying a word. One women from South Carolina reported seeing a middle aged man standing outside of a laundromat in clown makeup and red hair. The man stared but did not talk or follow her. Children reported a different clown attempting to lure them into the woods with money. Because of this, Fleetwood Manor apartments in Greenville, South Carolina has suggested a 10:00 p.m. curfew for children walking alone at night.

“The problem is that someone dressed like a clown could scare someone and there’s a possibility, a possibility you could end up with someone getting shot,” says Lt. Mike Bandish of the Palm Bay Police department. “The person could think they are about to get robbed.”

The worst case, however, was reported in Pennsylvania where a 10th grader was fatally stabbed while fighting with someone in a clown mask according to PennLive. But it does not stop there. On September 26th, one anonymous tip reported a car full of clowns who were armed with weapons. However, the cops did not find any clowns.

Due to the recent scare by these clowns, the New Haven Public School system has banned clown costumes as Halloween comes closer. This stems from investigators finding an instagram account, consisting of threatening messages. One read “if you go to Career watch out.” Another went on to say, “u really think it’s fake, wait and see.”

There too has been talks about clown scares within the Norwalk High School community. In early October an instagram page was made singling out Norwalk as the next town to get hit with a wave of clown activity. However, some students feel like since nothing has happened here yet, there is not much to worry about.

“The fact that is hasn’t really hit Norwalk and that I don’t have any reservations to go outside, I’m not worried about it at all.” says Matt Gola. (‘17)

What many students like Gola are saying is that it most likely is not the first time something like this has happened. With Halloween around the corner, many think the fad will fade away.

“They probably will come here because it’s near Halloween, they’ll be gone in two weeks anyway.” Gola continues.

Students at Norwalk High express their dislike for the clown sightings that have been happening locally and across the country.

“Honestly it’s childish. It’s probably just kids who want to ground around and mess with people. It’s stupid.” Spencer Nielsen (‘17)

The clowns have become a trend in social media and within social groups. The danger however, is real. Not knowing the true motivations of the clowns have sent a shock of fear into the public. From school threats to abduction attempts the clowns are sending chills down people’s spines.

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