Clown pranks are no laughing matter. They seem to come in waves, where one incident cracks national news, and then a spate of copycats pop up. In south Carolina, there have been several reports of a clown trying to lure children to a woodland cabin, and this week a Columbus, Ohio youth reports being chased by a knife-wielding clown on his way to school.
A 14-year-old boy heading to a school bus stop Tuesday morning told police he was chased by a black-clad man armed with a knife — and wearing a clown mask, police said.
“The victim was able to get away from him by throwing a rock at him,” said police spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis, who added that police are now canvassing the area in search of the suspect and keeping a close eye on the bus stop in north Columbus near where the incident occurred.
“We don’t know whether this was a prank or not, but we are taking it seriously,” she said.
The alleged attack on the teenager came as police down in South Carolina were investigating multiple reports of menacing clowns allegedly trying to lure children to an abandoned house in the woods.
Alex-Bouzounis said they’re aware of the South Carolina reports but said “we’re investigating locally at first.”
Whether just a prank, or is something more sinister, situations like these are creepy. A victim would likely have a self defense claim if they are actually assaulted or their mindset is that they are in imminent danger. As they say, “play stupid games, win stupid prizes”. Someone’s “harmless” fun could land them in the morgue, or at least the hospital like this Mensa candidate.