The reports began in North Carolina, and as of September 14th, 2016, Police say that they’ve received over a dozen of them, even in some cases, trying to lure children into the woods with candy, and another attempting to lure a woman into the woods whilst holding a machete. Police of North Carolina have also said that the clowns have technically done nothing wrong, since they’ve been on public property during the incidents.
The world of social media is split when it comes to determining if this incident is real – and quite dangerous, or a hoax.
Luckily, the police department of Norwalk, Ohio got involved this past week. Calls began pouring into the station when two clowns were allegedly jumping out of the woods and scaring people as they walked by, and trying to break into residents’ houses.
Michael Conney, Police Capt. of Norwalk told Fox 8 in Cleveland that he “wants people to be careful with what they post on social media, to think beforehand and to realize that it could be a problem and it can create a problem for police in tying up resources, wasting time that could be better spent serving the public.”
The police began looking for clowns, and eventually found the man and woman who started the rumors on Facebook, who said that they “wanted to be famous”.
Many other reports across the U.S. have been proven as false, along with the case in Ohio mentioned. A group of four children confessed to lying about seeing a clown, and even a 24-year-old man from North Carolina was charged with falsely reporting a clown knocking on his window a couple weeks ago.
With all of the research being done, along with all of the faulty cases, it might be safe for some to say that this was just a scary hoax. However, its best to be aware of your surroundings this Halloween and make sure that you’re taking percausions to stay safe this year, and if you do see a suspecious clown, report it to a proper authority.