The increasing number of killer clown sightings is causing fear among many with police increasing patrol and security. Is this a sign of the Purge Day happening soon or is it just another Halloween prank gone too far?
Killer clown sightings, which started happening around August this year, is growing in number and has spread from the United States to the United Kingdom and even Australia. There are reports of killer clown sightings almost every hour in the US, according to police.
— pochy (@pochy_garcia) October 5, 2016
Though US police has dismissed most cases of these killer clown sightings as pranks, police has still arrested more than a dozen and is taking the matter seriously according to reports from CBS News. Regardless of whether the sightings are simple pranks or if they impose real threats, police share that it is an inconvenience on their part and is depleting their resources.
Just recently, a 14-year old student was arrested for threatening a Californian middle and high school on an Instagram account called Fontana’s Killer Clown.
The recent incident, however, was dismissed by the school’s superintendent as a Halloween prank, saying “At this time we are considering this to be nothing more than a prank and harassment fueled by social media (with) upcoming Halloween.” In addition, New Haven superintendent, Garth Harries shares that at the moment “We have no evidence that there is a credible threat to students or schools in the district.”
Killer Clown Sightings a Sign of Purge Day?
Though most sightings seem harmless, it is causing a frenzy of fear with some even trying to take law enforcement in their own hands. Hundreds of Penn State University students even organized a manhunt on the reported clown seen on campus.
Not afraid of a #killerclown.
1) I'm from Florida and carry a gun
2) I grew up around blacks and they kill more than any clown…Not worried
— MR (@MikeRotondo86) October 7, 2016
In Adelaide, Australia, a Facebook page called Clown Purge- Adelaide has been created with the intention to hunt down clowns in the area. The site has deleted previous posts in the page about it’s plans.
“We believe this to be part of a much larger prank which is currently sweeping across the USA and parts of the UK. It is very alarming [the man] was carrying a knife – however, we do not think he intended to harm the children and as far as we are aware, this is part of the prank,” sergeant Mel Sutherland said.
Just a month after the showing of The Purge: Election Year which coincidentally also showcases a clown out to create havoc in the city, some cannot help but speculate that this might be a sign of the real purge coming.
Others think that the sightings are a ploy to promote the remake of Stephen King’s 1986 novel turned movie, It. The story is about a killer clown named Pennywise who was the reason for decades of killings in a small town.
Because of the series of incidents, King’s team and New Line cinema released a statement saying “New Line is absolutely not involved in the rash of clown sightings.”
Killer Clown Sightings Affecting Real Clowns
There is growing disdain not only for those who pose as killer clowns but also for professional clowns in general. Social media hate for clowns is increasing and those in the profession are suffering persecution as well.
Justin Brodie, a professional clown, shares that “I’ve been flipped off, I’ve been booed, I’ve had trash thrown at my car, I’ve been experiencing excessive profanity while performing.”
A Clown Lives Matter march was organized in an attempt to show the public that clowns are not killers. The march is set for October 15 and everyone is encouraged to wear clown costumes.
— Tracey Theisen, MBA (@TraceyTheisen) October 6, 2016