Parents in one South Carolina neighborhood have been warned to keep an eye on their children after police received reports of a clown trying to lure children into some nearby woods.
Residents of an apartment complex in Greenville County came home Wednesday night to find a warning about the creepy clown haunting a nearby wooded area along with an advisement to not let their children walk alone at night.
One resident, Donna Arnold, told Fox 8 she had called police after her sons and their friends said they saw the clown behind a basketball court.
“I thought my child was seeing things, and then the next day I had about 30 kids come up to me and say ‘did you see the clown in the woods?”
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Another woman supported the children saying she had seen the clown waving at her as she walked home. Community activists like resident Bruce Wilson have begun to patrol the neighborhoods to find the creepy clown and keep area children safe, according to Fox 8.
“We have about two to three hundred children out here. I want to make sure that law enforcement is doing the right thing.”
Here’s the text of the letter posted to the doors of residents in the Fleetwood Manor Apartments, warning parents about the creepy clown, according to WTVR.
“There have been several conversations and a lot of complaints to the office regarding a clown or a person dressed in clown clothing taking children or trying to lure children in the woods.
“At no time should a child be alone at night, or walking in the roads or wooded areas at night.
“Remember there is a 10pm curfew for the property so to ensure your childrens [sic] safety please keep them in the house during night hours and make sure at ALL times children are supervised.”
The letter goes on to say that area police will be conducting daily patrols of the area.
This isn’t the only clown scare in recent weeks. Earlier this month, Wisconsin residents noticed a creepy clown carrying four balloons wandering the streets of Green Bay. Soon after the first sighting went viral, a Facebook fan page popped up dubbing the clown as Gags the Green Bay Clown.
The page racked up 12,000 likes in five days as amused and horrified residents reacted to news of the creepy clown wandering city streets after midnight and Gags went viral with media attention from as far away as Germany.
It turns out the whole stunt was a viral marketing campaign by Adam Krause, the director of a short film trying to get some media attention.
One of the actors who applied for the role of Gags, C.J. Guzan, went public with the news after he started seeing photos of people reacting negatively, according to KCRG.
“We’re starting to see some of those unsettling pictures on Facebook. Not of the clown, but of people armed and preparing to defend themselves.”
The World Clown Association isn’t pleased by any of this and they issued a public statement earlier this month slamming people who dress up as creepy clowns as ruining something wholesome and innocent.
The tradition of creepy clowns has a long and dark tradition. It started in Bakersfield in 2014 when a local photographer took pictures of her husband dressed as a clown in front of various city buildings as part of an art project.
The photos went viral and a Facebook fan page popped up dubbing the man the Wasco Clown and local residents began to imitate the images. Soon after, the media started reporting on the stunt and the police department was flooded with calls that creepy clowns were carrying machetes and guns around town to scare people.
The phenomenon spread across the country and creepy looking clowns were reported as far away as Albuquerque, New Mexico; Jacksonville, Florida; and Fishers, Indiana.
What do you think about the creepy clown in South Carolina trying to lure children into the woods?
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