Warning: language in the above videos NSFW
Clowns at penn state wtf pic.twitter.com/wYBjXQ0H8Q
— Alex Gaydos (@Alex_Gaydos) October 4, 2016
Just when you think clown mania currently gripping the nation can’t get any dumber, on Monday night, students at Penn State University flooded the streets after rumors of alleged “clown sightings” started circulating on social media. Hundreds, if not thousands, of mostly male students went running through the main corridors of campus, chanting “F*** those clowns! F*** those clowns!” Basically, it was a lot like “take back the night,” only for white dudes and from clowns.
The only problem with the whole thing was the discernible, uh, lack of clowns. Like many of these clown stories we keep hearing about, the Centre Daily Times reports that in all likelihood, this was yet another clown hoax.
Penn State police Sgt. Mike Nelson said that there were no real sightings of clowns known to authorities. That didn’t stop at least 500 students, Nelson’s minimum estimate, from latching onto the idea that there was one on the loose in the borough.
“Fortunately, there was no property damage, no injury and no violence,” Nelson said. “And there were no sightings.”
In fact, the only “sighting” as it were, was this projection of Pennywise from It on the side of an apartment building:
An image of a clown is being projected on the side of Beaver Hill apartments pic.twitter.com/Px2QG4YOaw
— The Daily Collegian (@DailyCollegian) October 4, 2016
Of course, far be it from college kids to let little things like reason and fact ruin an otherwise good old fashioned clown hunt, as evidenced from the dozens of photos and videos posted to Twitter. Or as one student put it: “Some people run away from clowns, Penn State runs towards them.”
Some people run away from clowns, Penn State runs towards them pic.twitter.com/Y7JNgBeJZo
— Bryce Vukovich (@B_Vukovich) October 4, 2016
Taking to the trees to let the clowns know how they feel. pic.twitter.com/VpN37fdOPl
— Gabby Santoliquito (@gmsanto3) October 4, 2016
3 Clowns spotted at PSU allegedly. So naturally 6,000 kids mob the streets to hunt it down. I love Penn State pic.twitter.com/P4xYx0nVhs
— Addison Carson (@AddiCarson) October 4, 2016
CLOWNS have caused riots and clown hunting at penn state this is the end pic.twitter.com/5rmRVTBLgT
— Emma Karpinski (@Emmakarpinskiii) October 4, 2016
Police encourage students to not walk on roads after crowd run down the middle of Shortlidge pic.twitter.com/9w6Nnt2Sgl
— Camille Stefani (@camillecstefani) October 4, 2016