A fresher who dressed up as a clown and terrified a campus-full of university students with a CHAINSAW has issued a heart-felt apology to those he scared.
The YouTube filmmaker was shooting a prank video for his channel dressed in a gold catsuit and a bright red wig – and carrying a real chainsaw.
After choreographing the prank with a small group of friends, the media studies student, known only as Kenny, set up a few cameras and began the stunt.
The 19-year-old is seen padding around the campus in the costume before spotting his friends and running at them full-speed with the chainsaw.
Watching the edited version on Kenny’s YouTube channel, it is clear that the video is faked and that the people in it are actors.
But unknown to Kenny, he was being secretly filmed by a student from inside her halls, looking out on the terrifying scene.
In that video, which has now gone viral, it is much less clear that the scene is staged, and Kenny now fears that his university career is ruined after people online branded him a terrorist.
He said: “I’m really nervous. I don’t know what is going to happen. It’s such a mess.
“First of all I want to say a massive sorry to anyone I have scared. Secondly, this was a YouTube video.
“All those people in the video: they were my friends. It was a pre-planned thing, and none of the people who I chased were strangers.
“Everyone could see me talking to my friends beforehand. There are 400 cameras on the campus and you can check them and see that the people I chased are my friends.”
Kenny said that he regularly makes YouTube videos for his 1,500 followers – and uses a chainsaw for the “shock-factor”.
He said: “I have a YouTube channel, and if you want to grow your channel, then you have to follow the trends.
“There is a trend on the internet at the moment where clowns chase people, there are so many videos of it at the moment.
“So, basically, I got my friend and the plans was that I see him and chase with a chainsaw.
“The people recording from the window saw me talking to my friends immediately before it happened.
“I was only chasing two people and we were literally just going back and forth.
“But from the video, it completely makes me look like a madman. I can understand why people are scared by that video.
“After it happened, I took my mask off and told people that I was just making a short film and showed them I’m a real person just making a video.
“But the internet has just blown this way out of proportion. It’s like, ‘oh wow, there’s a killer clown at Brunel’.
“People are making me out to be a terrorist.”
Kenny has called out to the person who shot the video, and said: “That’s the video I didn’t want to go viral.
“I don’t know her but she could see me taking the video with my friends.”
Brunel University has refused to rule out whether the prankster who terrified his fellow students while dressed as a chainsaw-wielding clown will be kicked out.
The first-year student, known only as Kenny, was spotted chasing his friends around campus with a chainsaw while dressed as a clown.
A spokesman said: “The student who was dressed as a clown and carrying a chainsaw was caught on a number of our 400 CCTV cameras and has since identified himself to our campus security team.
“We take such incidents, and our students’ safety, extremely seriously and the student will now be passed on to the police.”
Commander Julian Bennett, lead for the Autumn Nights Campaign said: “We are currently accessing a small number of reported ‘Killer Clown’ incidents in London, three of which meet the threshold of a criminal offence.
“Our primary responsibility is identifying and investigating those incidents where a criminal offence has occurred.
“However, anti-social behaviour can leave people feeling scared, anxious and intimidated and I would urge those who are causing fear and alarm to carefully consider the impact their actions have on others.
“In the run up to Halloween it is expected that these types of incidents will increase but with the launch of our annual Autumn Nights campaign in the coming weeks Safer Neighbourhood Officers working in partnership with other agencies will be carrying out additional reassurance patrols and will be on hand for those who are especially vulnerable during this period.
“Whilst we do not want to stop people from enjoying themselves it is important that while having fun they remember to act in a responsible manor and understand that they could be prosecuted if a criminal offence is committed.”