Send in the clowns

Coulrophobia, the fear of clowns, is not exactly a new problem.

Kids are often scared of them – and that fear sometimes carries into adulthood – but most people usually do not have a major problem. Sure, they paint their faces and wear big shoes, but the majority of the population see clowns as entertainment, not a threat.

But not so fast. Starting in late August in Greenville County, clown sightings have been slowly spreading across the country and have even reached parts of the U.K. At first they were just seen walking around town, making people uncomfortable. Now they are actually chasing and terrorizing citizens on the street. On Oct. 5, a child in Michigan was allegedly attacked by a clown with a butter knife. Most recently, on Oct. 25 a clown chased a female student with a knife near Charleston Southern University. Luckily she was able to escape into her friend’s apartment.

With the first knife-wielding clown sighted in Charleston, students worried about how Halloween night would go. Thankfully, the clown apocalypse never came to pass. Rest easy citizens.

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