PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Creepy clowns sightings have been popping up all over the country in recent weeks and Portland is no different.
The sightings are getting strong reactions from people everywhere, but people might wonder why this is such a big deal or why everyone is still talking about it.
A Portland man was arrested after scaring kids with a clown mask and boxing gloves outside a middle school Thursday morning. Another man was arrested in Central Point for trespassing at a high school.
“The internet kind of rumors, social media stuff is out of control and so parents, teachers and now the police are dealing with this,” said Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson.
The constant spotlight on those playing dress up is just more fuel on the fire for people who want to scare others.
Clinical psychologist Laura Sanders explains why this behavior gives people such satisfaction.
“There are individuals out there that really relish in negative attention and this is something that would really give someone a lot of negative attention,” Sanders said.
Many people are afraid of clowns, so it makes it easy for those who want to scare others.
“Being a clown is a more passive way to scare someone,” Sanders said.
“And if someone is walking in the street in a clown outfit or costume then someone with that fear may have a very irrational response,” Simpson said.
Police say the best response is to simply ignore or forget about it and don’t give the creepy clowns the satisfaction they’re looking for.