A teenager has revealed the terrifying moment a ‘killer clown ‘ jumped over a fence and ran towards her as the bizarre craze sweeps the nation.1clownLeyland Kennedy, 14, was playing netball with her classmates when a clown-suited ‘prankster’ sparked panic and caused their game to be cancelled. The pupils had to be rushed inside Thomas More Academy in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, while the figure in a red wig and blue jump suit was tackled to the ground by ‘police officers’.

Unimpressed Leyland told Chronicle Live : “They’re idiots with too much time on their hands. They need jobs, or something to do, because scaring high school kids, it’s just not right.” She added: “I actually have a huge phobia of clowns, but I really didn’t care about this — I knew it was just an idiot.”

While she and many of her friends remained calm, she said some of the younger students had been seriously scared by what happened. And mum Hayleigh, 35, said the disturbing stunt had ‘shocked’ parents in the neighbourhood. She said: “We had an email before telling us there was a possibility this would happen, so I had already spoken to Leyland about it, but I didn’t actually think anything would happen.

“I spoke to a couple of other parents, we were all shocked this had actually gone on, that there are people out there who would actually do this. It’s pathetic, it really is — have they got nothing better to other than go around scaring kids?”