Over the last couple months there have been creepy clown sightings reported in at least 28 states across the nation and now the most recent sightings have been reported in Suffolk County, New York, which may be part of a bizarre nation-wide hoax according to reports.
North Babylon and Central Islip school districts on Long Island were put on lockdown on Friday, September 30, after creepy clown sightings were reported.
Lindenhurst District banned students from playing outside after a threatening tweet was published, “threatening that Lindenhurst would be the next area targeted by clowns,” causing the lockdown according to the district’s website.
Dennis Sullivan, Suffolk County Police Captain, believes social media is to blame for the recent creepy clown sightings that have come up across the nation. Since the recent reports on Long Island, the Suffolk County Police Department has been monitoring all social media very closely.
“We believe that this is a social media hoax,” said Sullivan. “We in the Suffolk County Police Department have not witnessed any clowns and we haven’t had any substantial threats or violence reported with these creepy clown calls.”
On Wednesday, September 28, it was reported that a group of people dressed up as clowns were jumping in front of and chasing cars while holding baseball bats on Commack Road in Brentwood.
“I think it is scary for a community in itself and even scarier how fast it has spread across the nation,” said Linda Palagonia, a Lindenhurst resident and parent at Lindenhurst School district. “It’s a horrible joke that can potentially turn dangerous.”
In Ohio, a man dressed as a clown attacked a woman, Kim Youngblood, on the front porch of her home early Friday morning, September 30, before making t
hreats to attack local schools authorities said. The man was wearing a white clown mask, red wig, and striped outfit. The suspect grabbed Youngblood by her throat and told her “I should just kill you now,” then said, “some students and teachers would wish they were never born at the Jr. and Sr. High School today,” according to the police report.
The incident caused Reading Community City Schools to close its entire four-school district for the day, including both the district’s Middle School and High School.
These creepy clown sightings started back in late August in Greenville County, South Carolina in which it was reported that people dressed as clowns were offering children money to lure them into the woods or just strangely hanging around certain places, according to the New York Times.