Pennsylvania Police release PSA in anticipation of another wave of dangerous clown impersonators.
With less than a week before the release of the new version of Stephen King’s IT on September 8th, police are preparing for another wave of creepy, dangerous clown sightings. The adaptation of the 1984 horror novel tells the story of Pennywise the evil clown, who ruthlessly murders children in small town Maine.
Pennsylvania State Police released a PSA, reminding about last year’s clown upheaval: “Sightings were reported in: Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. The creepy clown craze in September 2016 resulted in at least a dozen people arrested in Georgia, Alabama and Virginia for either taking part in the menacing stunt or for making false reports.”
In May of this year, a man in clown makeup wearing a glove with blades on the end of each finger hacked a man to death in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant in Denver Colorado. Last year in South Carolina, a group of men dressed as clowns and carrying knives were reportedly trying to coax children to follow them into the woods. According to an interview with a parent, ”Some had chains, some had knives, and some were holding out money, saying, ‘Come here, we’ve got candy for you.’”
Pennsylvania Police recommended anyone who spots a scary clown imposter should call the state’s terrorism hotline. VICE reporter Drew Schwartz writes, “For the rest of us, there’s really only one option: panic. Run as fast as you possibly can, and—if the opportunity presents itself—try spraying that clown with battery acid or pelting it in the head with a slingshot.”
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