Hoax reports of clown sightings at colleges in western Massachusetts

Many of the hoax messages came from the "Clown Watch" Twitter Account

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Hoax social media posts of clown sightings caused concerns on several college campuses Monday night.

Many of the messages came from the “Clown Watch” Twitter Account. Merrimack College and Springfield College both dealt with false reports of people dressed as clowns on campus.

“It’s scary, but we don’t know if it’s a joke or real so it’s up in the air right now,” said Hayley Alden, freshman at UMass Amherst.

One of those reports was at UMass, which caught the attention of many students through social media, some who even teamed up to go confront the supposed clown. Video from Twitter shows a group of UMass students in search of the clown.

Some in that group carried baseball bats, lacrosse sticks, and coat hangers. “If I saw one I wouldn’t be with that group with the bats and hockey pucks, I’d just run away,” said Kobi Hudson, freshman at UMass Amherst.

UMass Spokesman Ed Blaguszeski told 22News, students should feel safe at UMass. “Things pick up quick on social media at times, but if people are concerned and have specific worries absolutely better to call the police and let them know, rather than doubt yourself,” said Blaguszewski.

Every reported sighting was a hoax. Students are advised to report anything suspicious.

If a UMass student feels unsafe at night, they can call public safety for an escort.