Local News Writer
Clowns. A common terror for all young and old. At first, it was something that was supposed to entertain us all as kids for what was ‘The best birthday party ever’ now is something that is trending on Twitter and Instagram with #IfISeeAClown and even getting the attention of school officials.
With Halloween coming up, a school district in Connecticut has called a ban on clown costumes, and signs of ‘terror’. An instagram account uploaded four pictures of clowns with captions warning school areas to “watch out” and to “wait and see”. While authorities are investigating to see whether these threats are fake, precautions are being made to prevent this clown ‘nightmare’. Maureen Sullivan a reporter who wrote for forbes.com says “ Clown Costumes and ‘symbols of terror’ have been banned for Halloween at all 48 schools in New Haven,CT…. Students in other Connecticut towns have been arrested after allegedly spreading fear through clown pranks.”
This post was given to me by Brenda Sarmiento she says, “I think this picture is just going too far because the clowns shouldn’t be making a list scaring kids thinking that they’re going to go to the school and do something to them. The people who are actually clowns and make a living out of it are getting fired which is unfair to them.” Luis Gonzalez(‘17) at Brien Mcmahon high school says, He’s heard about the clown sightings but “only believes the ones that were caught on video”, and that the rest are “probably fake”.
These reported sightings have led to 12 people being arrested in about 10 states. In South and North Carolina, children have reported clowns trying to lure them into the woods using money and candy as their bait. Is this another version of The Crucible happening in 2016? Or is America being taken over by clowns? Police say although dressing up as a clown is not illegal, dressing up as a clown and chasing and scaring people can be constructed as a crime. With that being said,we should all stay safe and think smart. Make sure to walk with a group of people when walking around at night, call the police if you are in danger, and definitely don’t go out clown searching!!