Two people were arrested and some Ohio schools were closed Friday amid a rash of reported threats against students involving clowns.
A reported early Friday attack on a woman in Reading, Ohio, by a person dressed as a clown prompted Reading Community City School District officials to cancel classes for the day. A woman told Reading police she was smoking a cigarette on her porch when someone wearing a clown costume appeared and grabbed her by the throat. The person told her, “I should just kill you now” and “Some students and teachers would wish they were never born at the Jr. and Sr. High School today,” police said.
In a Facebook post, Reading Community City Schools said it takes all threats seriously, and said administrators were especially concerned with the number of students who walk to school in the early morning hours, CBS New reports.
Also Friday, officials at a high school in Miami Township, north of Cincinnati, said a student was arrested and removed from campus for making a threat about clowns on social media.