This might sound a bit strange but the US currently has a ‘serious creepy clown’ problem. This bizarre happenstance is sweeping the nation in the form of clown threats, clown sightings, pranks, and even made-up clown encounters.

Apparently the problem has become so widespread that even the White House succinctly addressed the press when asked about the ‘phenomenon’ during a briefing.

“This is something that I’ve read about in some of the news coverage. Obviously this is a situation that local law enforcement authorities take quite seriously, and they should carefully and thoroughly review perceived threats to the safety of the community. They should do so prudently…” House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told the press on Tuesday.

However, this is believed to be the first time the topic of “creepy clowns” has been brought up during a press briefing at the White House. Earnest said he was unsure if the president had been briefed on the clown situation.

Meanwhile on Monday, Philadelphia police said that a 13-year-old girl who made clown threats on Instagram indicated that they were pranks and that she never intended to harm anyone. But in Virginia, a 13-year-old girl was arrested Monday for allegedly soliciting an individual on social media who uses a clown as the profile picture to murder one of her teachers, according to the Hampton Police Division.

It was also reported that a 14-year-old in Texas was also charged for making clown-related terroristic threats online, which were discovered by police Monday night, according to the Livingston Police Department. The Livingston Independent School Department said the threats were found to not be credible, but stressed that they take all threats “seriously.”

More stories are being reported and it seems they won’t be clearing anytime soon and it is truly bothersome. It’s been a week since the clown hysteria swept the nation, including a sheriff consulting with the FBI and Homeland Security over the clown threat. And with Halloween fast approaching, it may take a while for the trend to subside.