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What is Really Going on with the Clowns?

Jordan Jones, a professional clown says “I fear for my life. At the end of the day, people look at me like I’m a clown trying to hurt them. I feel that people are out clown hunting because they think it’s cool now. I’m scared that someone might take a swing.” Jones has created a Clown Lives Matter movement on Facebook and tells people to remember “We’re not the people in the woods.”

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Imagine you’re sitting outside your apartment and your children run up yelling about some clown trying to lure them into the woods. This is the rumor that started it all. The world is in a clown craze. Can we figure out what’s really going on?

It all started in late August after rumors spread of clowns in South Carolina spotted trying to lure children into the woods. While most say the panic is largely driven by pranksters and has caused no serious injuries or death as of yet, a Connecticut school district has banned clown costumes, as well as police warning not to wear clown costumes because of the violence towards our red-nosed, balloon animal creating friends.

“Criminologists and psychologists agree the root of the fear lies in the fact that clowns wear heavy makeup and paint extreme emotions on their faces that hide their true identity and feelings.” says Time.com. So far there have been reports of clown sightings or threats in twenty-four U.S states and a couple reports of weapon wielding clowns in Germany.

So what’s at the heart of this epidemic. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened, in the 1980s schoolchildren in Massachusetts told teachers and parents that they were followed by clowns and they took it seriously. While in the late 70s there was an actual killer clown, Serial killer John Wayne Gacy,  that doesn’t explain the many rumors of children spotting clowns leading up to Halloween in the 80s. Many times clown rumors have floated around before Halloween and this could very likely be one of those times.

It could also be a marketing stunt for the new remake of the horror film “It”, but  Warner Brothers has denied that. All we can do now is hope that now Halloween is over, pranksters will tire of scaring people and this whole thing will die down.

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