A woman gave birth prematurely after she was scared by one of the clowns that are terrorising people across the world.
The baby arrived a month early after a teenage boy dressed as a clown ‘jumped out’ in front of the un-named expectant mother in Whitwick, Leicestershire.
Details of the event were revealed on an anonymous post on Facebook. The post read: ‘Thanks for the concern about my friend. She was eight months pregnant and had a stupid 17-year-old kid jump out on her dressed as a clown, reports Daily Mail.
‘The baby came early but mother and baby are doing good. Please please think, old people and pregnant ladies aren’t the best to scare. It’s a nonsense craze that needs stopping.’
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Meanwhile in Australia
Authorities are warning parents to be aware.
Two teens dressed as crazed clowns tried to invade a Gold Coast primary school yesterday morning as children as young as five watched on in horror, reports news.com.au.
Also in Cairns, police were last night searching for another “clown” who allegedly threatened a 15-year-old schoolboy with a knife yesterday afternoon.
The boy, whose mother asked that he not be named, said the clown wore a mask, a multicoloured wig and a red-and-yellow costume.
An online list has reportedly named Queensland schools that would be targeted by clowns as part of a worldwide craze in which people dress as clowns to terrorise others.
The list, which included Stretton State College, Woodridge State High School and Ipswich State High School, caused many parents to fear for their children’s safety.
The attempt to access the grounds at Marymount Catholic College, on the Gold Coast, yesterday morning involved two teens in clown masks who approached the school about 10.40am before being chased away by staff.
In a letter to parents, school management stressed ‘‘the children were safe at all times’’ and offered the services of the school counsellor.
Parents told The Courier-Mail some students who saw the ordeal went home early in tears but a spokesman for the school said that was not the case.
Distressed students have allegedly taken drastic measures to ensure their safety after a teacher’s aide in Logan claimed she had to take weapons off children left petrified of clowns.
“The amount of my students scared that the clowns are coming to school is ridiculous,” she said.
“I have had students bring screwdrivers because they are so scared and feel that they have to protect themselves.”
In Cairns, the 15-year-old boy said the incident left him feeling “so frightened”.
“I want these guys to stop immediately, before someone actually does get hurt,” he said.
Queensland Police Superintendent Jim Keogh said police did not see the funny side of the trend.
“It’s totally irresponsible,” he said.
“It puts people on edge and it’s just needless senseless behaviour.”
In a statement on its Facebook page, Victoria Police said it was aware of people in the state parading in public while wearing clown masks.
“The clown purge appears to be a copycat of incidents being seen in the USA recently,” the Victoria Police statement said.
Police said any intimidating, threatening or antisocial behaviours would not be tolerated and would be investigated by police.
The NY post reports, today’s creepy clown epidemic is a product of social media, copycats, mainstream media and mass hysteria. Plus, with the Halloween season looming and a remake of the Stephen King horror film “It” out next year, prankster clowns are in the zeitgeist.
Stephen King however tweeted his distaste at the craze.
Hey, guys, time to cool the clown hysteria–most of em are good, cheer up the kiddies, make people laugh.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 3, 2016
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