An increasing amount of clown sightings have set a South Carolina community into a panic.
According to an official police report filed by South Carolina’s Greenville County Sheriff, several children in the community have been approached by clowns at the edge of the woods. The children said that the clowns repeatedly attempted to lure them deeper into the woods by offering them money. Several other children also told parents and police that the clowns said that they lived in the woods, in a house close to a pond.
Parents and authorities would have felt inclined to chalk it up to overactive imaginations or to a well thought off creepy pranks. However, the number of individual reports coupled with the fact that several clowns have been spotted by adults as well, raised a certain level of concern.
One cannot listen to the entire series of events without reserving a certain degree of skepticism. Although many concerned parents formed several search parties and ventured into the nearby woods in an attempt to find the clowns, they were unable to find any physical evidence of tomfoolery. However, they did find several tracks and some evidence of unusual activity in the woods. Nevertheless, none of the tracks or evidence pointed to clowns directly.
An Unusual Reaction to Unusual Clown Sightings
Realistically, we are all at this point in the story actually hoping that the clown sightings are a well done pranks. Children and adults reporting unusually creepy activity at the edge of a forest in a small American community is a trope of horror novels and movies alike.
Having that sort of individuals transcend into real life is a level of crazy that many people are not yet ready to deal with.
After the search parties yielded no result, there have been several reports of people discharging their weapons or opening fire towards the general direction of the woods at odd hours. Inquiries revealed that several frightened parents and people of Greenville thought they saw unusual movements in the woods and did not to take any chances.
In the United States, fear of clowns is common. Psychologists do their best to explain why clowns are frightening and why there is no shame in being afraid of the creepy-looking circus entertainers. One of the points they bring up is that our instincts panic and set us in a fight-or-flight mode when we are exposed to over-exaggerated features. Clown outfits and makeup attempt to be humorous by creating comically exaggerated human traits. Our instincts tend to kick in faster than our brain can fully analyze the situation, however, and the world ends up being innately afraid before being mildly amused.
In the past decade, a concerning number of clown sightings have been reported by people all over the United States. While some of them proved to be street entertainers taking a break, or creepy viral marketing campaigns, others have led to no evidence or presence of clowns.