Clown panic on college campuses is reaching a fevered pitch. The bizarre thing is that sometimes the threats are actually real and must be taken seriously.

FOX 25 in Boston reports:

Merrimack College dorm evacuated after report of possibly armed clown

Colleges across New England are dealing with a series of threatening social media posts about clowns.

Monday night, students at Merrimack College in North Andover were told to shelter in place. It happened after a hoax tweet mentioned that a person dressed as a clown was seen with a weapon on campus.

One dorm was evacuated as police searched the area, but nothing suspicious was found.

There have been similar threats across the region and the entire country. Many are linked to a Twitter account which FOX25 is not naming.

“Students across New England apparently are being terrified right now by, really, one or two people on social media,” said Merrimack College spokesman Jim Chiavelli. “It’s shameful.”

Monday night, there were posts mentioning a large number of schools and town in the Massachusetts area. None of the threats have been verified.

Merrimack College says it will reach out to see if it can stop the threats.