Professional clowns are feeling a little defensive these days, and who can blame them? After weeks of frightening reports of “creepy clowns” terrorizing communities, some fed-up clowns in Tucson, Arizona, are feeling under attack.
They’ve organized a “Clown Lives Matter” march for Oct. 15 to raise awareness that not all clowns are “psycho killers.” Attendees are invited to participate in full clown gear.
“This is a peaceful way to show clowns are not psycho killers,” a flyer seen in Tucson read. “We want the public to feel safe, and not be afraid. So come out, bring the family, meet a clown and get a hug!”
More than 100 clowns are expected to show up in the so-called first ever “Clown Lives Matter” protest.
Authorities across the nation have been forced to take all clown threats seriously, even though dozens of rumors have turned out to be a hoax. Schools have even been forced to conduct lockdowns and cancel classes.
Jordan Jones (aka “Snuggles the Clown”) said, “I just want all these teenagers to know that — this isn’t a game anymore. You know? You’re ruining my job and other actors’ [jobs] around the world.” He complained the pranksters are putting his life in danger with their antics. Snuggles considers himself to be “a positive role model” for young people, but lately it hasn’t felt that way.
“The other day I went outside for a photo shoot, and people were driving by taking pictures, saying they were going to call the cops,” he complained bitterly. “They profiled me as one of those clowns in the woods.”
If you’re wondering why people would confuse a cuddly clown with a name like “Snuggles” with a “psycho killer,” well….
Next Page: More Clowns Arrested, and Clown Halloween Masks BANNED.
More Clown Hoaxers Arrested:
Via Fox News:
Several teenagers in Connecticut were arrested Wednesday on charges of making threats, accused of posting clown hoaxes on Instagram that led to extra security at several school districts.
Police also warned that anyone making credible threats could be charged with a more serious felony under a law passed this year in response to the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre. The law calls for up to 10 years in prison for anyone intending to cause the evacuation of a school or school grounds with a threat.
Clown Halloween Masks Banned in New Haven:
New Haven public schools banned clown costumes this Halloween season after an Instagram account emerged with pictures of menacing clowns and captions telling several area schools to “watch out” and “wait and see” whether the threats are fake.
Knife-Wielding Clowns Terrorize People in New York, Michigan…
Via NBC New York:
A creepy clown intimidated people on a subway in Manhattan on Wednesday before chasing a teenager out of a train station, police said.
The 16-year-old boy was getting off a subway train at the 96th Street station on Lexington Avenue around 4 p.m. when he encountered the man in a clown mask.
The clown was standing in the doorway of the train and preventing people from exiting, according to police.
Moments later, the clown started chasing the teen, who ran through a turnstile and up a flight of stairs. When he turned around, he saw the clown at the turnstile holding a kitchen knife, police said.
A knife-wielding clown actually scratched a little boy in Sterling Heights, Michigan. “He had red hair and a red nose,” seven-year-old Justin told NBC. While he was out playing in a field, the clown came and grabbed him by the wrist. “He used his other hand to drag his knife on my arm slowly,” the boy said.
Less than two miles away, a group of women reported another creepy clown incident. They were out for a walk, when three men dressed as clowns with bats approached them. They reportedly “lunged” at the women, and then took off.
Next Page: Attacks in Colorado, Texas, and Oklahoma.
Clown Attacks Man in Colorado Springs:
A man was attacked by someone dressed as a clown Wednesday evening, according to Colorado Springs Police. CSPD says the attack occurred near Garden of the Gods.
The victim’s condition is not known at this time.
More Attacks in Michigan:
These “clowns” in Michigan appear to be career criminals who happened to be donning clown masks while perpetrating their crimes….
On Tuesday night, an armed man in a clown mask robbed a Brownstown Township Walgreens outlet. About an hour later, a man in a clown mask robbed a BP gas station and Dominos Pizza store in Ann Arbor. Police believe the incidents were related.
And this morning, an armed man wearing a clown and/or pumpkin mask struck two Livonia hotels, according to police. Officials aren’t sure if witnesses have described the mask differently or if the suspect switched masks between incidents.
Clown Attacks Texas State Student Outside of Dorm:
A clown reportedly attacked a student outside of a Texas State University dormitory on Monday, the latest in an epidemic of creepy clown attacks, sightings and threats nationwide in the last month.
Texas State University Police Sgt. Rolando Belmares told The Austin American-Statesman the clown chased and grabbed a woman as she left the on-campus housing at Bobcat Village Apartments near Bobcat Stadium around 7 p.m. Monday, but the victim was able to break free.
The student was not injured and did not report the incident until Tuesday evening, Belmares said.
The victim described her attacker as a clown with a white face and black paint around the eyes, wearing a green wig and black-and-white jumpsuit, KXAN reports.
The clown was a roughly 6-foot 2-inch man, she said.
Clowns Attack Man Out for a Walk in Oklahoma:
A man walking his dog in Tulsa was attacked by a suspect wearing a “painted clown face and having orange hair” Thursday morning, police say.
Neighbors say they are now on high alert
“I don’t understand what they’re trying to do,” said Francisco Moreles.
Moreles works at a nearby apartment complex. He’s heard about the nationwide clown attacks, but now that it’s happened on his street, he hopes it doesn’t scare his neighbors.
“I hear they’re trying to scare the kids and in the schools, especially in the schools,” said Francisco Moreles.
Officers say the unidentified victim told them he was hit on the head. He then ran off.
Police had their helicopter up over the scene as well as officers on the ground looking for the suspect but were unable to locate anyone.
This is the first reported clown incident related to the clown epidemic to date in Oklahoma.
PJ Media has previously reported clown incidents in 28 states: South Carolina,North Carolina, Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Michigan, Illinois, Nebraska, Idaho, California, and Massachusetts. The addition of Oklahoma brings the grand total of states affected by the clown epidemic to at least 31.