According to a recent New York Times article, reports to the police about sightings of creepy clowns have proliferated in several states in the past few weeks. “They just kept coming, and coming, and coming, across multiple states. Clowns in vans. Clowns in the woods. Clowns lurking in the shadows. Clowns chasing people or doing crimes.”
According to clown expert CHS sophomore Jacob Siegelbaum:
Hey Nielsen, Coming back with the clown article:
So, with the whole clown situation going on, should you be afraid or not?
Well, yes and no.
Many people predict that all these sightings are actually promotion for an upcoming movie remake called “It,” but other findings suggest that these are actually dangerous individuals seeking to hurt others.
There have been many cases over the last couple months (with the first reports surfacing around late August in Greenville county S.C.) suggesting that these clowns may be dangerous. Videos all over social media, showing clowns chasing people in vehicles with knives and blunt objects, followed by worldwide hysteria and many police arrests on people dressed as clowns.
Some experts started to hypothesize some reasons why this whole “clown craze” is happening.
David G. Myers, a professor of psychology at Hope College in Holland, Mich., suggested that the whole epidemic is a cause of “Mass Hysteria” stemming from people’s fears and feelings, feeding off of one another. Other studies show that because of the start of this craze, many are inclined to lie about their sightings, and claims as witnesses. Being that because the clown hysteria is so fresh in people’s minds, many would believe one’s lies rather than question them.
Overall, the clown craze may just be in people’s heads, and is led by hoaxes over the internet and lies spread by word of mouth, but just to be safe, don’t go and seek out any clowns in the woods. This whole epidemic might just be a big hoax, but at the same time, there are dangerous people out there, so be aware of your surroundings!