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'Clown Lives Matter' march scheduled in Tucson

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TUCSON (KVOA) -- In reaction to creepy and frightening clown sightings, a couple of "good" clowns are planning a "Clown Lives Matter" march in Tucson.  

According to a facebook post, the "peace walk" is designed to show real clowns are not the "psycho killers" they are being portrayed as in social media posts and sightings, some real and some imagined, that have spread fear across the country.

Nikki Sinn is organizing the event.

She said naming the march, "Clown Lives Matter," is not meant to offend any other group. She said her main purpose is to bring awareness to the fact some people make a real living dressing up as clowns.

"There is a lot of people who live their everyday lives like this and they are getting death threats." said Sinn. "We're just going to gather together and walk peacefully and pass out balloon animals and fliers and give out free hugs."

Catherine Brooks, Director at the UA's Center for Digital Society and Data Studies, said the internet frenzy, including hoaxes, can pose a real danger to the public.

"There are people that are really afraid of clowns," said Brooks. "Clowns are odd, they are a little scary for some, some people may be sharing that material out of fear and may not realize it is a hoax and that it's actually dangerous to propagate that material."

UA police reported on Monday it had received about 25 calls from students and parents who were concerned about a "knife-wielding" clown sighting on campus that spread quickly on social media.

Brooks said, "I am very worried that there are truly predators that can now use this tactic and we are going to lose sight of that work because of all the hoaxing and playfulness."

The "Clown Lives Matter" march will take place on Saturday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m. A group of people, led by Sinn, plan to dress up as clowns and march down 4th Avenue.

Attendees are invited to show up wearing full clown makeup or masks.

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