Reports of clown sightings locally and in the Southern region are causing controversy as menacing clowns terrorize young Americans, according to nytimes.com.
Senior communication arts major Caleb Britt said the recent clown appearances had him more cautious about his Halloween night ventures.
“I was riding downtown on Broad Street with some friends and saw a clown leisurely walking past people on the sidewalk,” Britt said.
Since the first sighting in Greenville, S.C., last August, clown sightings have been reported in more than 20 states including North Carolina, Alabama and Georgia, according to buzzfeed.com.
Initial reports from children said these clowns were trying to lure them into the woods.
Junior education major Remel Williams said the sole reason for rapid growth of the clown epidemic is social media.
“We live in a day and age where people will do anything for attention, and the recent clown epidemic is just another example of that,” Remel said.
“All the recent social media accounts created in order to promote the sightings of clowns are nothing more than people trying to use the controversy as a way to boost their own agenda.” Though law enforcement has requested that clowns stop dressing up, some people can still be seen donning face paint and grotesque costumes.
This trend of trying to become famous by scaring people is not funny. In fact, the scary clown outbreak is playing off of the cultural fear of clown’s exaggerated human features.
People have always been inherently afraid of clowns, which is why the sightings have unnerved citizens.
Director of Student Life Cassie Thomas said the scary clown pranks and posts are just a way for people to mess with others.
“It’s just become cool on social media, but it has turned out to really hurt people,” Thomas said. “I can’t wait for when we can all go back to talking about things that actually matter most.”