BY CRAIG STEWART
This year’s Halloween has people scared to open their front doors to give kids dressed as clowns candy. It is sad to think that in the 21st century that people are scaring little kids and innocent bystanders for some kicks and giggles. Whether the clowns are pranking around or are just really messed up, the police are searching high and low, wasting valuable time, trying to find these clowns to give the people some peace of mind.
Similar events took place in the 1980s in the Boston area. Loren Coleman, a cryptozoologist who studies the mythical Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, came up with The Phantom Clown Theory. The theory attributes the proliferation of clown sightings to mass uncontrollable emotion usually witnessed only by children. However, it is usually impossible to determine which of these confrontations with clowns are real and which ones are pranksters.
But the crazy clowns are all over in cemeteries and parks where children play. They try to lure children and women into the woods, chase people with swords yell and run after people cars. This isn’t the first time a bunch of clown sightings in the United States. These people seem to be taking advantage love and hate relationship with clowns. A 2008 study conducted in England revealed that not many kids like clowns. Hospitals attempted to decorate kids’ wards with clowns to create a nurturing environment. The attempts failed because the clowns actually made the children feel uncomfortable. It’s no wonder many people dislike Ronald Mcdonald.
Rami Nader, a Canadian psychologist who studies the fear of clowns, believes that clown phobias are fueled by the fact that clowns wear makeup and hide their true identities and feelings. This is consistent with the hypothesis that there is permanent uncertainty surrounding clowns that make them creepy. They seem to be happy, but are they really? It’s a troublesome conundrum which puts people constantly on alert. But, surprisingly not as many people as expected are afraid of clowns.
Truman sophomore Kaylyn Ward said, “I’m not scared of these clowns. I don’t know why everyone is so scared. They’re just people like you hiding under a mask.”
However, there are some students scared of clowns running at them with swords., “All this clown stuff is crazy I don’t want see one if one came after me I wouldn’t fight I be gone,” said sophomore John Thompson.
Many people have different opinions on the clown situation whether scary or not. The killer clowns are everywhere all around the country as the police are saying all in their towns reported sightings of creepy clowns which most likely are fake.