Mob of Students Forms After Alleged Clown Sighting
On Monday night, a mob of about a hundred or more Penn State students gathered near East Halls, blocking traffic, chanting obscenities, and carrying brooms and other objects as weapons, all in pursuit of a clown.
This past month alone, a record twelve people were arrested nationwide for dressing up like creepy clowns in public. The craze is spreading across the nation and has become especially prevalent at universities.
Last night, Penn State experienced an alleged clown sighting near East Halls, and the student body reacted in intense fashion. The rumor grew exponentially, as swarms of students ran out of their dorm rooms and into the streets.
Kyle, a freshman architectural engineering major, was one of those students. “I wanted to see what they looked like,” Kyle explained. “I heard that there were six out here…” Kyle went on to say that he had heard a clown making squeaky noises and laughing menacingly outside of his dorm. “I saw people running, so I went down to check it out and I ended up finding a whole mob.”
The crowd began accumulating around East Halls. However, hundreds of people gathered from all different directions, essentially blocking off Bigler Road from use. The scene was chaotic. Along the way, one could hear students blasting music from their dorm windows, along with the sounds of police sirens. Videos have even surfaced of someone projecting a massive clown face onto the side of a building.
The mob then preceded back to the Pollock lawn, where movement momentarily stopped. People could be heard chanting, “Down with clowns”, “(expletive) the clown”, and “we are Penn State”. The crowd was tumultuous, with students screaming, taking off their shirts, and hanging from trees.
Pierce Kenny, an undecided Freshman, said that the mob had been active for a long time. “I was walking towards East Halls and I saw a wave of people just turn around and start running…We ended up all the way downtown.” Kenny explained that he hadn’t seen any clowns but he had heard that there were at least two still active. He described the atmosphere as “insane”. “I feel like I’m in a movie to be honest…I think it’s entertaining.”
The crowd moved from Pollock towards College Avenue at a running pace, eventually arriving in front of Old Main. The crowd continued chanting and moving about late into the night.
Questions still remain about Monday night; whether or not there was a clown sighting, how many clowns there were, who the clowns were, and whether or not the police had taken any action, is only speculation at this point. As evidence unfolds, we will get a better understanding as to what really happened, and why it had such an immense effect on the student body.