The recent American trend of creepy clowns invoking fear and assault has found a new home in Germany as multiple sightings have popped up across the country, and these clowns are packing more than a psychological scare.
In the last week, clown sightings have been reported in multiple German cities, including Berlin, Wesel, Rostock, and Gelsenkirchen. While the clowns are made up to creep people out visually, the reported incidents have been mostly violent by nature. Reports include robbery, chainsaws and knife attacks, which have had police on high alert as Halloween approaches.
“The clowns are not only idiots but criminals”
“I’m afraid that the ugly trend of clown attacks will spread in the big cities over Halloween,” Rainer Wendt, head of Germany’s police union, told the Huffington Post. “The clowns are not only idiots but criminals. To scare someone in such a disgusting way is an assault.”
The trend initially started out as pranks, but Germans have been expressing fear over the scenarios that have been more violent, leading to the question of how to react if approached by one. Should people be prepared to react in self-defense? Police are encouraging people to not act out too quickly but have also released some serious warnings to those wanting to copycat, by asking courts to impose the highest possible sentences on anyone trying to be the next creepy clown.