A much-anticipated remake of Stephen King's horror classic "It" is on its way to theaters, but one South Carolina community is discovering it's not always pleasant when life imitates art.
Residents at Fleetwood Manor Apartments in Greenville, South Carolina, found disturbing notes on their apartment doors regarding the safety of the neighborhood, reports WGHP.
The note states that according to the property manager, a person dressed in a clown outfit was seen trying to lure kids into the nearby woods.
The letter states:
To The Residents of Fleetwood Manor
There has been several conversation and a lot of complaints to the office regarding a clown or a person dressed in clown clothing taking children or trying to lure children in the woods. First and foremost at Fleetwood Manor Apartments childrens safety is a top priority. At no time should a child be alone at night, or walking in the roads or wooded areas at night. Also if a person or persons are seen you are to immediately call the police. Greenville County Police Department is aware of the situation and have been riding the property daily. Remember there is a 10pm curfew for the property so to ensure your childrens safety please keep them in the house during night hours and make sure at ALL times children are supervised. Anymore information that becomes regarding this issue will be sent out to all residents.
“I thought my child was seeing things,” said Donna Arnold, a Fleetwood Manor resident. “And then the next day I had about 30 kids come up to me and say, ‘Did you see the clown in the woods?”
Comments on Reddit ranged from frightened to absurd. One user wrote, "I really hope this is just the best viral marketing campaign ever for the remake of Stephen Kings IT."
Another added, in a reference to famed horror movie director, "Thanks, M. Night Shamalan."
Community activist Bruce Wilson said he is getting involved at the apartments to make sure children are safe, even if the sightings turn out to be harmless.
“We have about 200 to 300 children out here,” Wilson said. “I want to make sure that law enforcement is doing the right thing.”