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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Students at several Las Vegas area schools have been staying home or leaving early in the wake of social media threats involving clowns.

KSNV-TV reports Clark County School District officials say rumors about creepy clowns terrorizing campuses, possibly with a firearm, are a hoax.

Despite the reassurances, some students skipped school Friday, including Green Valley High School in Henderson.

Clown threats have popped up in schools in other states.

Three Cincinnati, Ohio school districts canceled classes on the same day and two people were arrested amid a rash of similar threats.

In Reading, Ohio, police say a woman reported someone in a clown costume grabbed her by the throat and made threats toward the local schools.

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