We have reached the stage of the Great Clown Panic when real clowns have started to worry about profiling. In Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the Cumberland Times-News reports, “Members of the Classic Clowns Club have been alarmed by news reports in which police have asked anyone who sees a clown to call 911. The troupe members often travel in costume, and worry that, if someone notices a van full of clowns and calls the police, they could end up in legal trouble.” In a subsequent tweet, the highway cops acknowledged that the photo wasn’t actually taken in their state, explaining that it was “Circulated via social media.” They failed to add that it was not a picture of “Clowns trying to lure kids into the woods”; nor did they note that no one since this scare began has corroborated a single account of a clown trying to lure a kid anywhere. “It is not normal for clowns to be running around like idiots all year long. I will stand behind anyone who feels they need to protect themselves from these so-called clowns. So, to sum it all up, if you run around in a clown suit, you should probably expect for citizens to beat you, then get arrested by police.” Elsewhere at Reason: For more on the clown panic, go here, here, and here.