Amid national hysteria, Mississippi county bans clowns

There will be no more clowning around in Kemper County, Miss., after local supervisors approved an ordinance Monday banning clown costumes for everyone including children until after Halloween, punishable by a fine of up to $150.

This fall the presidential election has not been the only thing traumatizing Americans. Clown sightings in various states have swept the nation and caused fear, confusion, and lots of media coverage.

“It has really gotten out of hand,” said Kemper County Board President Johnny Whitsett, referring to the national clown phenomenon.

Country board members said they were concerned about the local population’s reaction to seeing a clown on their property. “It wouldn’t be good,” Whitsett said.

People dressed as clowns were reportedly attempting to lure children into the woods in at least two states in September. In Wisconsin, a couple is accused of leaving their 4 year-old child at home by herself while the went “clowning.” They were both arrested and face child neglect charges. Less than 48 hours ago two more sightings were reported, this time in Holyoke and Chicopee, Mass. The caller reported to police that “the clown was looking at children.”

The subject has gotten so much attention that the White House press secretary was asked to comment on the issue a few weeks ago.

Author Stephen King, who arguably created the most feared fictional clown in his novel “It”, is urging everyone to pull it together already.

With Halloween a little over a week away, one can only assume that these sightings will drop dramatically starting Nov. 1.


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