The clown craze is something that has swept all across the United States and in some parts of England and Australia. Some think it may just be a hoax but that may not be true.
People across America are confused and scared about this situation. Nationwide, clowns have made social media accounts where they post their locations.
Inciting fear in children and teenagers online, the clowns even appear in public carrying weapons and have stalked bystanders. Some schools have even had to cancel school because of clowning warnings nearby.
This craze, which started in the summer, has quickly escalated to a serious, nationwide phenomena leaving schools, police, and parents wondering what to do. Although some have been pranks done by teenagers, some clown sightings have been real and serious threats.
On August 1st
, a clown was sighted in Green Bay, Wisconsin walking around with black balloons. Although this did not result in casualties or any potential dangers, it shows how the craze evolved from pranks to creepy threats.
A few weeks later, in Greenville County, South Carolina, residents of the area reported that clowns were trying to lure children into the woods. This potentially dangerous incident was covered by national new anchors that were trying to understand the story and why these clown sightings were suddenly occuring.
On September 15th
, schools went on lockdowns in Alabama because clowns wrote threatening posts on social media and were spotted at local high schools in the area.
Clowns were spotted in the woods in towns even as close as Phillipsburg, New Jersey. More recently, a New York Times report had said that there were 12 arrests for false clown sighting claims in ten states. Although the clown craze may seem like just a prank, it has turned into a serious matter that has resulted in police calls, school shutdowns, arrests, death threats and violence.