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Despite many rumors, no actual "creepy clowns" were seen in the Wiregrass, although reports continue to run rampant in other parts of the country. And that has some people who use their innocent clown acts to help make a living concerned. In Tuscon, Arizona, local media reports that a "Clown Lives Matter" is being organized. Taking place on October 15th, the event is being promoted in reaction to the widespread fear of bad clowns and to make the public feel safe and easy around the normally upbeat entertainers.
According to the News Tribune, people reported seeing men dressed as creepy clowns near South Hill and Graham. Pierce County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 17-year-old junior at Rogers High School in connection with a series of clown-related threats that resulted in the school being placed into a modified lockdown during lunch Tuesday.
A KIRO 7 viewer posted on our Facebook page that she had seen a clown at a gas station in Lynnwood. Another person posted to the KIRO 7 Facebook page that she had seen one on a sidewalk. "Saw a creepy clown on the sidewalk in Lynwood/Edmonds area last night. Wasn't trying to lure anyone from what I could tell, but still absolutely terrifying. He was on the ground on hands and knees waving to us as we passed by in cars at the street light," said Gabriella Morrow.
It seems that adolescents/teens are jumping on the band-wagon, as well. Local schools have been closed because of students dressing up as clowns and scaring other kids.
The mass hysteria has not yet led to any serious injuries or deaths, likely because most of the clown sightings involved either young pranksters dressed as clowns or callers inventing clown stories.