PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania State Police are warning concerning the attainable return of “creepy clown” sightings.
Police issued a group consciousness bulletin because the Stephen King film “IT” nears its theatrical launch subsequent month.
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“With the autumn of 2017 upon us, it’s anticipated that comparable ‘creepy clown’ sightings might be reported beginning as quickly as September, partially resulting from the truth that the film ‘It’ can be launched in theaters on 9/eight/2017,” the bulletin reads. “The film, which is tailored from a Stephen King novel by the identical identify, portrays an evil demon who takes on the form of a clown named Pennywise, ‘that stalks youngsters from inside the sewers and killing them once they least anticipate it.’”
Sightings have been reported in sixteen states final yr, together with Pennsylvania.
“The creepy clown craze in September 2016 resulted in at the very least a dozen individuals arrested in Georgia, Alabama, and Virginia for both participating within the menacing stunt or for making false reviews.”
Police added that “creepy clown” sightings aren’t new, as a number of have been reported nationwide within the Nineteen Eighties.
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This bulletin comes because the World Clown Affiliation braces for a wave of backlash because of the upcoming launch of “IT.”
The affiliation’s president says some members have misplaced work and even had the police referred to as on them.