Individual clowning around the campus in a scary mask took becoming the “class clown” to the next level. Over the past few weeks, clown sightings have be increasing around the nation. Articles about clowns emerging from local forests and attempting to lure in children have gone viral.
This scandal has reached Kingsville, Texas. Where a person in a clown mask is allegedly stalking the campus as the self proclaimed TAMUKClown.
TAMUK University Police Department is aware of this “social media hoax” according to their e-mail sent out on the morning of Oct. 4, by UPD Chief of Police Felipe Garza to all students, faculty and staff. UPD is conscious of the many reports that were found to be false or not supported claims by this trend. “We will remain vigilant and take precautions to keep the university safe,” Garza said.
A person pretending to be a clown and terrorizig a city is nothing new. Accordingto our research it has happened in multiple locations over the last 10 decades. From the usage of social media and inspiration from movies like Stephen King’s IT, the trend has gone viral, especially at this time of year. However, TAMUK college students aren’t laughing.
“I think it’s stupid and causing unnecessary insecurities within our country. Why would people take the time to create twitter accounts, walk around in clown suits at night, and even risking their own lives just for some attention and satisfaction?” said Carlos Lopez, music education major.
On TAMUKClown’s Twitter page, one will see the post that other students have made towards TAMUKClown. @kdizz23 posted a video on how TAMUKClown did not show upone night where they said they’ll be. @ElenaRae taunted the clown by saying “I thought you were suppose to be a clown not a chicken.” TAMUKClown created a twitter poll on which dorm to target and in result Lucio Hall was voted the highest at 31% from 606 votes.
“We should leave it up to UPD. We shouldn’t assume his intensions and we shouldn’t label them either as good clown or bad clown until its apparent,” said Jesse Ochoa.
On the night of October 4, TAMUKClown posted then deleted a post stating “I’m done with all this stupid clown [stuff] I want to start focusing on wokring on dank Harambe memes,” at 11 p.m.
For students to take precastions on any suspicious events, JavGuard (available for Android and iPhone) will get you from location A to B safely. Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. Be sure to lock doors and windows of our residence. Immediately report any suspicions person or activity to law enforcement. Contact UPD at (361) 593-2611 or 9-1-1
Contribution from News Writing class student, Dakota Roberts