The clown craze come to campus as last week as one Gardner resident donned a wig and makeup to frighten her fellow residents.
Social media has been bursting with images of “creepy” clowns from coast to coast, but the phenomenon finally came to campus just after midnight on Oct. 4 in Gardner Hall.
Roommates Cailin McDaniel and Mati Bonneau say they were horrified when clown burst into their room.
“Since it was past curfew, I knew that it had to be a girl,” said Bonneau, a freshman DET major from Abilene. “So I wasn’t too scared when she busted into our room. I still screamed bloody murder when it happened, but regardless I thought it was hilarious once I calmed down.”
The women recognized the woman underneath the wig but are declining to identify their tormentor.
McDaniel, a worship ministry major from Austin, said she laughed after the attacker left.
“I actually thought it was kind of funny because the clown was obviously a girl and she wasn’t going to hurt anyone, so I was more humored than scared.”
The incident came not long before another incident clown incident was reported in South Abilene. The Abilene Reporter News reported a man went outside early in the morning to let his dog out and noticed a clown in the yard. After asking the clown what he was doing, a second clown approached holding an AR-15-style rifle, and the man claimed that the gun was aimed at him before he retreated into his home.
So while some clown incidents reported around the country have left people shaken, at least on campus they’re just clowning around..