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Terrifying Clown attack prompts local schools to close in Ohio

October 2, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Terrifying Clown attack prompts local schools to close in Ohio

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A man in a clown costume assaulted a woman on the front porch of her home in Ohio on early Friday before he threatened to attack local schools.

The New York Post reported that 45-year-old Kim Youngblood told authorities that the terrifying confrontation occurred when she was smoking outside her house at around 2:30 a.m. and the suspect grasped her by the throat.

The man, who was sporting a red wig, a white clown mask, and a striped outfit — told the terrified victim: “I should just kill you now.”

The creepy character then stated that “some students and teachers would wish they were never born at the Jr. and Sr. High School today,” a police report revealed.

Youngblood told law enforcement officials that she then heard a loud noise, which was potentially an alarm going off from a neighbor’s open window, which she believes scared the clown.

“He squeezed her harder for a second then pushed her away and fled the area,” the police report states.

Several police officers were sent to the neighborhood after Youngblood’s frantic call. However, no arrests were made as of early Friday. Youngblood was not seriously injured but was brought to a local hospital for an examination.

The disturbance provoked Reading Community City Schools to close its entire four-school district for the day.

“We take all threats to the safety of our students seriously,” district administrators wrote in a Facebook post. “We were especially concerned with the number of students who walk to school in the early morning hours and made the decision to close the schools. The district is working closely with the Reading Police on this matter.”

“The safety of our students is paramount, so we decided to make the decision to close,” Chris Gramke, the school’s director of communication, said in an interview with the New York Post.

The occurrence is the most recent report of clowns intimidating and threatening innocent people. USA Today reported that authorities are investigating clown reports in over ten states, including New York, Colorado, and Georgia.

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