We've had an increasing number of reports over the past few weeks that malevolent clowns are on the rise just as the zombie apocalypse is starting to fade away!
First it was down in the States, but as CTV news reports ......, they're coming to get us here in Canada as well:
The clownpocalypse has arrived in Canada.
That's the word spreading on social media this week, after individuals dressed as creepy clowns were spotted in several Canadian cities including Edmonton, Toronto and Halifax. The sightings appear to be part of a growing trending that's already spread through the United States, where clowns have been reportedly terrorizing children, stalking pedestrians, triggering lockdowns at schools and brandishing weapons in the street.
A handful of arrests have been made, revealing the offenders to be mostly teenagers or people in their twenties. No distinct cause has been identified, but the incidents have received widespread attention in the news and on social media.
In Toronto, for instance, two teens were detained in connection with an incident at a school on Wednesday. One of the teens allegedly dressed up as a clown and chased other students around the property, while another teen filmed the incident for a YouTube video, police said.
A 24-year-old was arrested in Clark's Harbour, N.S., on Tuesday after witnesses reported that a clown had grabbed a boy's clothing. Elsewhere in the province, two police departments confirmed they were investigating social media posts involving clowns. One suspicious Instagram post under the name Halifax Clowns read: "We stalking you so keep your eyes open. We ain't killing, we just creeping." The image appeared to show a clown standing on the sidewalk outside Halifax West High School.
"If people feel they have been threatened or intimidated, then they need to reach out to their local police," Cpl. Jennifer Clarke, of Nova Scotia RCMP, told The Canadian Press.
Nova Scotia’s education minister, Karen Casey, has called on the Department of Justice and RCMP to investigate.