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Police investigate creepy clown threats in Vt., NH

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ST. ALBANS, Vt. -

As the leaves change color, Halloween attire begins to emerge well before the ghoulish holiday. But this year, clown costumes have taken a creepy, even violent turn. Social media posts threatened to kidnap students or kill teachers in Texas; a woman reported being attacked by a clown in Ohio. In Pennsylvania, a 29-year-old allegedly stabbed a 16-year-old-- the teen hidden behind the smile of a clown mask.

Here in Vermont, rumors flooded social media and so did posts threatening that 10 students from every school would be targeted. In St. Albans, one suggested the possibility a clown car could pull into the high school Friday.

"I heard about it from some friends, and I thought, I'm skipping school on Friday," said Devin Cornell, a junior.

"I thought it was kind of stupid at first, but I know I read the articles about the southern things and started to take it more seriously," said Jorrie Simpson, a freshman.

Local police investigated, aware of the growing phobia that sinister plans could be lurking behind big shoes, oversized pants and water-squirting flowers.

"At this point in time, we have no credible threats to any schools here in Vermont or in Franklin County," St. Albans Police Det. Paul Morits said.

Clowns have appeared in St. Albans, West Virginia, which also lies in the Mountain State's Franklin County. That and texts sent by a student at another school contributed to the scare here.

"At this time, I don't think there will be any charges brought," Morits said.

After the last bell of the school day Tuesday, parents and students expressed comic and sincere relief.

"It's ridiculous, I really, I haven't heard... I don't really know much about it, but I think it's just funny," dad Ron Meunier said.

"It was freaky," Cornell said. "It was really weird, nothing like that ever happens around here."

"I was scared at first, but I haven't seen a clown around here, so it doesn't matter to me anymore," said Desiree Leclair, a freshman.

Police received several reports from students. They worked with the state's fusion center to keep track of the discussion online.

Meanwhile, in New Hampshire, police in Berlin, Keene and Durham also investigated reports of clown sightings.

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