Sacré Bleu! Terrifying Teen Bozo Convicted as Armed Clowns Spread Panic in French townsPosted: October 20, 2014
Contagious Coulrophobia Epidemic in Pas-de-Calais
Béthune, France (AFP) – The party is over for a fake clown who received a six-month suspended jail term Monday for threatening passers-by while in full circus garb, a disturbing trend terrifying towns in northern France.
“They take their inspiration from American horror movies.”
Whether brandishing a rubber chicken at a children’s party or starring as the evil protagonist in a horror film, clowns have long had both the ability to entertain and terrify.
“It is absolutely unacceptable that children are held hostage by such acts.”
This fear of clowns, dubbed coulrophobia, has swept small towns in Pas-de-Calais in northern France where police report a wave of complaints over people dressed up as the tricksters and threatening passers-by.
A 19-year-old young man was arrested on Friday after waving a stick resembling a long knife while chasing a group of teenagers, who had to seek refuge in a chip stand.
He was also sentenced to 105 hours of community service and banned from carrying a weapon for five years.
After receiving some 20 calls on Friday, police took to social networks to warn citizens to be aware of the trend.
Using fake weapons these “clowns” have been “mostly spotted outside schools, but also on public roads, in bushes, in a square…(read more)