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Facebook threat involving ‘clown activity’ mentions Pahrump Valley homecoming

A style of threat that has begun to pop up around the country has made it to Pahrump.

The Nye County Sheriff’s Office received information Tuesday morning that an unknown individual on Facebook made threats, specifically referencing the Pahrump Valley High homecoming. The homecoming football game takes place Friday night, while the dance occurs Saturday night.

The threat on the popular social media platform referenced “clown activity” the sheriff’s office said. It noted it has been a hoax in other jurisdictions nationally, but does have a credible following internationally, which they called a “concern”.

“At this time the Nye County Sheriff’s Office does not believe the threat to be credible, however, but will have multiple resources at the event to ensure safety, and is working with the school district to ensure the safety of our children,” said David Boruchowitz, Nye County Sheriff’s Office sergeant.

The sheriff’s office has been in communication with the FBI and both agencies are reviewing the threat for credibility.

Anyone who has additional information about the clown threat can submit information confidentially to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office at sheriff@co.nye.nv.us or call at 775-751-7000.

Contact reporter Mick Akers at makers@pvtimes.com. Follow @mickakers on Twitter.

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