TV stations have begun reporting on what’s described as an outbreak of creepy clowns who are causing trouble around the country, Adweek’s TVSpy reports.
“Some markets are reporting clowns using social media to threaten violence and even kidnapping at schools. Other stations are showing the various ways people in clown outfits are scaring local residents,” the story reports. “One of the first round of reports came from Greenville, S.C., in late August. Greenville CBS affiliate WSPA reported some children said a clown tried to lure them into the woods.”
The report adds: “Now the trend has reached as far as California. [Tuesday], KCRA in Sacramento reported a creepy clown threatened a school via social media in nearby Fairfield, Calif. In New York, WABC reported sightings of creepy clowns in New Jersey and in New York.”
WABC-TV in New York reported skepticism among police officials, quoting NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller saying Monday: “There have been attempts to make threats over social media in New York City,” and adding that the NYPD found “none of them to be credible.” Miller also reportedly said the department would “avoid falling into the trap” of wasting resources on obvious hoaxes.
WABC also quotes a statement from the Toms River Police Department in New Jersey that says: “As some of you may be aware there is a story circulating around the nation regarding ‘creepy clown sightings.’ The initial reports seem to stem from an organized movie promotion and have now morphed into copycat reports throughout New Jersey. The recent social media posts and threats to schools seem to originate from outside of New Jersey. Facebook shares and retweets have brought these concerns to New Jersey.”
Here’s a report from WSPA-TV in Greenville, S.C., from late August about alleged sightings of clowns trying to lure children into the woods with candy …