At first glance, video of Penn State students stampeding throughout campus would suggest that Drake was playing a free concert in the gymnasium, or that drinking fountains started spurting beer. But on Tuesday evening something quite different was happening. These students weren’t flocking to a frat party. They were hunting a creepy clown.
Rumors spread online that a clown was spotted near the university, and a group of 500 students immediately went on the offensive, charging toward the alleged intruder en masse. The group was motivated by the rash of creepy clown sightings that have captivated the nation in recent weeks, and tried to scare off the interloper with whatever force they could muster.
Except, as local outlet The Centre Daily Times reports, no clown was actually seen. Penn State police Sgt. Mike Nelson told the paper that authorities had no credible reports of an actual clown sighting, and that the whole thing was a social media-generated ruse.