I made this video after I received a call from our local school district warning us we should call the police if we see a clown in our area. No, I’m not kidding.
This smells like a psy-op
Some stuff is so bizarre I don’t even
know how to respond to it.
“Creepy clown sightings” are coming
on a daily basis from all over the
country, even causing schools to
close down in response.
Yet not one person has been
arrested or detained.
What’s going on?
It has been three decades since Stephen King unleashed Pennywise, his malevolent clown character in the novel It. No one is quite sure why there have been dozens of sightings across the US in recent weeks, but one thing is certain: the scary clown craze has crossed the Atlantic.
People around the UK have reported a series of sightings of people dressed as clowns frightening children, with six separate reports of “clown incidents” reported by Northumbria police in the past week.
One of the most dramatic occured on Friday morning when a masked man carrying a knife jumped out in front of a group of 11 and 12 year-olds and followed them to school in County Durham. The pupils were left distressed but unhurt by the clown, who was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, red shoes and a multicoloured top.
Neighbourhood sergeant Mel Sutherland said: “The children arrived at school understandably upset and distressed by this incident and we are currently trying to locate this man.
“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.
“There are currently several social media accounts dedicated to this ‘killer clown’ craze and we are also looking into those and who is using them.”
He appealed directly to those carrying out the pranks to consider the distress they are causing to young children.
Police in Northumbria have been on high visibility patrol in Newcastle in response to the clown sightings. While no one has been directly attacked or injured, incidents have included clowns jumping out from behind bushes and chasing pedestrians down the street.
The force previously issued a warning to a 13-year-old boy from Blakelaw in connection with a clown incident, and a spokesman said the teenager had been carrying a knife as part of the costume.
Other sightings have taken place in Liverpool, where there were reports of a man dressed as a clown driving a Ford Transit van through the city centre, as well as in Caernarfon, north Wales, where a schoolboy filmed a clown standing near a children’s play centre late at night.
Clown sightings have also been reported near to schools in Ayr, Scotland, where parents have expressed anger after their children shared fears about supposed “killer clowns” after rumours.