Wednesday, October 27

Are Teens Who Dress as Clowns with the Intent to Scare People Justified?

By Onika Palmer


According to Complex, three teens were arrested for wearing clown masks and carrying a fake gun while hanging around Babies”R”Us in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since early October, there have been a large number of clowns creating mayhem for citizens in New Mexico. KOB says these teens “made an incredibly poor decision following in the social media trend of ‘Clown Spotting.’” The Albuquerque Police Department did not report to the scene until they were called by onlookers who feared that the three masked teens were participating in a possible robbery.

When the police arrived the teens ripped off their masks, dropped the gun and sprinted across the interstate. They were arrested shortly afterwards, Officer Simon Drobik feared for the teens safety, stating that they “came close to death just by running across the freeway.” Drobik goes further to explain the severity of the teens intended joke. “You see this pointed in your direction, you’re going to think it’s a real gun…basically a replica of a Baretta.”The three teens were arrested and returned to their parents, after they were given citations.

Teens across America have been participating in this “killer clown” trend. Complex magazine lists several incidents in which teens were arrested in association with various clown treats.  For example, In Texas, a 17-year-old student was arrested for making terroristic threats after turning himself in as the culprit of clown threats in the area. Similar cases were recorded in New Jersey, Kansas and Virginia.

The clown craze of stalking bystanders has reached international status. According to the Guardian, this killer clown trend has “…nothing to do with clowning, it’s to do with people hijacking a costume and for some sinister reason trying to scare people,” said Rob Bowker, spokesman for the UK-based Clowns International.]

Teens who participate in these stunts should be held accountable for the consequences of their rash behavior.

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