Has the clownpocalypse arrived in Canada?
As most people are aware, there has been a clown invasion taking over America, and this time, it has nothing to do with the Presidential candidates. As ridiculous as it sounds, Toronto Students are being warned to keep an eye out for people dressed like clowns hanging around school property – and they’re not clowning around.
After a frightening incident in Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood Wednesday, schools are starting to take North America’s creepy clown craze quite seriously. Children have reported being chased by people in scary clown costumes while walking to and from school earlier this week.
There has been an increasing number of clown sightings, in both the U.S. and Canada, ranging from taunting to full on harassment. Now, Toronto police are investigating online threats made against eight high schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board.The threats were made by a group calling themselves “Clowns in the 6.”
But lets back up. Let’s take a look at a timeline of how we got here:
August 29th: The first incident was reported by the Residents at the Fleetwood Manor Apartments in Greenville County, South Carolina. People claimed a person wearing a clown costume had been spotted lurking around the complex trying to convince children to come into the woods. Since the initial report, there have been eight more clown sightings in Greenville alone.
September 4th: Police in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, received a call about a clown, yet again, attempting to lure children into the woods.
September 14th: McDuffie County deputies in Georgia announced that 12-year-old Cameron Frails, and his little brother, were walking to a bus stop when they were chased by men wearing clown costumes.
September 15th: Authorities had to lock down Escambia County High School and Flomaton High School in Southern Alabama after clowns were threatening the students by posting gun emojis on Facebook. These were referred to as “Flomo Klowns“, and were spotted on the premises of both schools. Police ended up arresting 22-year-old Makayla Smith and two underage individuals in connection with the threats.
THESE CLOWNS DON’T PLAY? pic.twitter.com/gGRYj6i1ZI
— Clown Sightings (@ClownsSightings) October 6, 2016
September 19th: Multiple clown sighting reports were made in different neighborhoods of Annapolis, Maryland, but Police later confirm the reports to be a hoax.
September 21st: A young girl in Athens, Georgia, was arrested for bringing a knife into school. She had claimed it was for protection against the creepy clowns. On the same day, a 12-year-old in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, was chased by a clown through a park.
Texas State University pic.twitter.com/BHO0SfGxzf
— Clown Sightings (@ClownSighting) October 5, 2016
September 24th: In Palm Bay, Florida, a resident reported spotting two “killer clowns” while walking her dog, claiming the glaring clowns frightened her so much that she called police after returning home.
September 25th: A young child in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, was chased by three people who came out of the woods dressed as clowns. This was one of four such incidences that were reported in the area.
September 27th: Police in Phoenix report that two different fast-food restaurants were robbed by suspects wearing clown masks.
Reno, Nevada pic.twitter.com/IVU3fMG52R
— Clown Sightings (@ClownsSightings) October 4, 2016
September 30th: The New York Times reported that false reports/threats in connection to sightings have led to the arrest of 12 people in over 10 states. On the same day, threatening Facebook posts from the account “Aint Clownin Around” put five schools in three separate states on high alert. The posts that were sent to the students at Westside High School in Houston read, “We will be at all High schools this Friday to either kidnap students or kill teachers going to they cars.”
Ukiah, California pic.twitter.com/QQ8eH9iuiz
— Clown Sightings (@ClownSighting) October 6, 2016
On the same day, in Pennsylvania, twenty-nine-year-old Avery Valentin-Bair fatally stabbed a 16-year-old boy over a clown mask the teen was wearing.
October 3rd: Police in Nampa, Idaho, urge residents looking to search for possible threatening clowns to not participate. On the same day, Stephen King tweeted out to cut the clown tension.
Hey, guys, time to cool the clown hysteria–most of em are good, cheer up the kiddies, make people laugh.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 3, 2016
This tweet was obviously ignored by New Haven Public Schools in Connecticut, as principals and teachers ban clown costumes for Halloween this year.
October 4th: Penn State students gathered in a rally to “clown hunt” — despite police denying reports of clowns on campus.
“…and no matter who you’re voting for we can all agree on one thing, f–k the clown.” pic.twitter.com/CaoJ20LJft
— The Daily Collegian (@DailyCollegian) October 4, 2016
On the same day, Halifax Police reported their first creepy clown sighting.
October 5th: A video of a clown sighting in Ontario was posted to Twitter, confirming the epidemic had expanded to the North.
CLOWN SIGHTINGS INCREASE IN CANADA
– Ontario pic.twitter.com/E6JzIzUvcc
— Clown Sightings (@ClownSighting) October 5, 2016
October 6th: Real clowns launch #Clownlivesmatter campaign. Jordan Jones, a professional clown who goes by Snuggles, started the movement to talk about how “clowns are out doing bad things and people need to stop doing this because they are messing up not for us actors but for little kids Halloween who wana be clowns.” Organizers have planned a #clownlivesmatter march for October 15th.
Once I saw “Clown Lives Matter,” I knew I could no longer take America seriously. This whole damn country needs to be placed in rice.
— Will (@Iad3uxieme) October 7, 2016
For now, Canadian schools are not banning Halloween costumes or clown costumes from classroom Halloween parties, but urge everyone to stay safe and report any creepy clown sightings in your area.
when you make fun of americans for having killer clowns but they start appearing in canada too pic.twitter.com/i6pzynZBLV
— ㅤ (@uhrosita) October 3, 2016