I’m sorry I shot that clown, officer, but he was acting funny:
A note some Greenville County residents found on their apartment doors has them concerned for the safety of their neighborhood.
Residents at Fleetwood Manor Apartments on Fleetwood Drive reportedly received letters on Wednesday stating the property management has received complaints of a person dressed as a clown trying to “lure children into the woods.”
The letter, which appears to be printed on Fleetwood Manor Apartments letterhead, reminds the public children should never be alone or walking through the woods at night.
Donna Arnold, one of the people residing at the complex who received the letter, said she called the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office to come out to Fleetwood Manor after her son and others reported seeing clowns behind the basketball court.
“I thought my child was seeing things,” Arnold said. “And then the next day I had about 30 kids come up to me and say, ‘Did you see the clown in the woods?”
Community activist Bruce Wilson said he is getting involved at the apartments to make sure children are safe, even if the sightings turn out to be harmless.
There’s nothing safe, good, or normal about an adult attempting to lure a child away from his or her friends. John Wayne Gacy murdered 33 teens and young adults between 1972 and 1978, primarily by strangling or suffocating them.
Is the clown in Greenville County a prospective serial killer? Probably not. The person responsible for this behavior is probably just some creep who thinks it’s amusing to dress up like a clown and freak people out.
I would note that there is a big difference between lurking in the woods and talking with kids, and forcibly attempting to snatch a child, and that the latter is typically seen as an offense justifying the use of deadly force.
As always, check your local laws, and keep an eye on your kids.