The guy who brought us Pennywise the scariest clown ever is weighing in on the nation’s sudden fascination over reports across the Carolinas of fearsome clowns going after kids, according to the Bangor Daily News in Maine.
“When I wrote my novel ‘IT’, I set it in Bangor, because it’s a town with a tough and violent history. I chose Pennywise the Clown as the face which the monster originally shows the kiddies because kids love clowns, but they also fear them; clowns with their white faces and red lips are so different and so grotesque compared to ‘normal’ people,” King wrote this week in an email to the Bangor Daily News. “Take a little kid to the circus and show him a clown, he’s more apt to scream with fear than laugh.”
Meanwhile, calling in a fake report of a creepy clown at a school is nothing to laugh about, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office warned after investigating two bogus claims on Wednesday. It could get you arrested.
An anonymous call to a Cleveland County elementary school reported a clown on the premises, the sheriff’s office said.
Sheriff’s investigators, meanwhile, were sent on the trail of another clown after a Facebook post depicted a clown with the caption that it was seen near a Cleveland County high school.
“Both of these incidents were investigated and found to be false,” the sheriff’s office said on Facebook. “Investigating these allegations has taken numerous man hours from the Sheriff’s Office.