The fear of clowns, also known as Coulrophobia, is a fairly common occurrence. Research into this phenomenon tie back to the 1980’s and 1990’s when authors and film makers began to turn these lovable, goofy comedians into evil villains of horror stories. Most young people credit Stephen King’s It for sparking their fear of clowns. In the film, It, a demon disguises itself as a clown to lure children. Most people say that this fear is irrational and purely based on nonsense.
As it turns out, your fear of clowns may actually be rational. According to residents in Greenville County, South Carolina children are seeing clowns in the woods. The management of Fleetwood Manor Apartments actually sent out letters to its residents letting them know that there have been numerous reports of clowns attempting to lure children into the woods.
The letter informs residents that law enforcement is aware of the issue and that a curfew is being enforced. Below is a full text of the letter:
To The Residents of Fleetwood Manor
There has [sic] been several conversation [sic] and a lot of complaints to the office regarding a clown or a person dressed in clown clothing taking children or trying to lure children in the woods. First and foremost at Fleetwood Manor Apartments childrens [sic] safety is a top priority. At no time should a child be alone at night, or walking in the roads or wooded areas at night. Also if a person or persons are seen you are to immediately call the police. Greenville County Police Department is aware of the situation and have been riding [sic] the property daily. Remember there is a 10pm curfew for the property so to ensure your childrens [sic] safety please keep them in the house during night hours and make sure at ALL times children are supervised. Anymore information that becomes regarding this issue will be sent out to all residents.
Many adults have also seen the clowns and one resident, Kevin Thoman, manage to take a photo of one of the clowns.
Patrol Units have been monitoring the locations of the reported sightings.
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