An Ohio school district closed schools today after reports of a woman being attacked by a man dressed as a clown. 

Schools in the Cincinnati suburb of Reading were closed in an announcement overnight. 


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Officials said that in the attack, the suspect made a threat against Reading students and grabbed the woman around her neck. 

The suspect remains on the loose.

"We take all threats to the safety of our students seriously. We were especially concerned with the number of students who walk to school in the early morning hours and made the decision to close school. The district is working closely with the Reading Police on this matter," the announcement stated.

The victim was smoking a cigarette on her porch when the "clown" approached her and told her, "I should just kill you now," the Cincinnati Enquirer reported

The suspect then allegedly told her that area students "would wish they were never born." Police said he was wearing a striped outfit, red wig and white clown mask.

The incident comes after police arrested a juvenile in Colerain Township, Ohio, for making threats against high school students there. 

The "creepy clown" incidents have been popping up around the country, with police saying that social media is driving the trend. 

Kids in Georgia said two weeks ago that they were chased from a bus stop by clowns, while a woman and two juveniles were arrested for a threat that triggered a lockdown at an Alabama high school.


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