With Halloween around the corner, beware of the clown. The creepy clown epidemic is getting a little too real. One teenager hoped that a clown prank would scare his friends but instead it got him stabbed.
It all began innocently enough. According to Cosmo, a 16-year-old in Berlin put on a clown mask and approached his friends with a hammer, trying to jokingly scare them. His 14-year-old friend got so creeped out—and who wouldn't— that he stabbed the clown with a knife. Once everyone realized it was a joke gone wrong, the 14-year-old provided first aid until help arrived. He was arrested but has been released to his parents.
Clown hysteria has become a very real thing. According to BuzzFeed, more than 20 states have reported clown crimes, including stabbing attacks. Several people have been arrested in connection with clown hoaxes, robberies and social media threats.