Creepy clown sightings reported in Alberta
They appear dressed in scary costumes while stalking and threatening people.
“I don’t like being chased or followed. Nobody likes being watched,” said Danielle Nealon, a first-year student in the Legal Assistant program.
International Business Times has created a timeline of the rise of the creepy clowns, recording the first sighting on Aug. 1, in Green Bay, Wis.
Since the first sighting, the Internet has been permeated with sightings that have stoked the creepy clown craze.
“They’re killing people,” said Maddy Jeannotte, a student in the Legal Assistant program, when describing why she is afraid of them.
The fear of these menacing jesters is growing, but like many urban myths, the facts can be lost in the fiction.
The myth of creepy clowns originated in The United States, where these jokers were accused of luring kids into a white van. However, no children were actually abducted by these bozos.
Readers can note that the fear of clowns is now playing into the trope of abducting kids by van. That is two fears checked off.
Herein lies the problem with urban myths: they play into your fears and get you to let go of reason.
Police in Alberta are growing more concerned with the trend, and charges have been laid in Edmonton after a teenager was reported to be clowning around and making threats.
Yet the true menace of these clowns lacks tangibility and legitimacy.
On Oct. 6, Calgary Police released a statement over Twitter saying that in regards to the clowns, “there is no credible information of any legitimate threats at this time.”
Take these charges with a grain of salt, because there is realistically no reason to worry right now.
The Calgary Board of Education has indicated that at this point, they are not aware of any incidents occurring.
The creepy clowns are similar to urban myths, as sightings are being reported based solely on rumours and fears.
The fear of clowns is an easy phobia to play into, and the media has a history of running wild stories and playing into the panic.
Just look at the Satanic Panic of the 1980s when people faced jail time because the masses became swept up in hysteria instead of cold hard facts.
People became carried away with rumours of potential Satanic rituals and scary sacrifices without ever actually experiencing or witnessing these events.
The creepy clowns are becoming like the Satanic Panic: everyone has a story, but they lack legitimacy.
Some people are resisting the urge to give into the fear.
“Not at all,” said Matthew Kopp, an automotive service technician (ASC) student, when asked whether he was concerned about the crazy trend.
“It’s just clowns.”
Logan Mitchell, who also studies ASC at SAIT, agrees.
“They’re not going to do anything. I’m not really scared of them.”
The Internet is only making this ridiculous fear worse.
Sites, such as creepypasta.com, play into the experiment of seeing how far memes can go in getting people riled up.
While the creepy clowns make for a great Halloween story, it is important to remember that at this point they haven’t even come close to be proven a credible threat.
The “clownpocalypse” has not started yet.