The second largest school district in the country has shut-down with hundreds of thousands of students out of school in Los Angeles today due to a “credible threat.” The threat is involving backpacks and packages left at schools and while the exact schools were not named in this threat, officials felt this threat was credible enough to close more than 900 schools.
This is such a large operation as many of the kids had left for school or had been dropped off at school when the announcement was made that the schools were closed. Superintendent Ramon Cortines of the Los Angeles Unified School District said in a news conference Tuesday morning that due to the recent San Bernardino shooting and the recent shootings overseas along with past school shootings in the country, they have decided not to take any chances. They decided to close the schools out of an abundance of caution, according to the Los Angeles Times on December 15.
“I think it’s important to take this precaution based on what has happened recently and what has happened in the past,” LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines said. According to Fox News live on Tuesday morning, early reports indicate that an email went to a school board member this morning threatening backpacks and packages with explosives left at the schools. This threat covers an area of 720 square miles and all 900 schools will be searched as more than 700,000 students are told to stay home or go home if they were in school already.
According to The Washington Post today, Los Angeles is an hour’s drive from San Bernardino, where less than two weeks ago, 14 people were killed by two alleged terrorists. This was no doubt in the back of the officials minds when making the decision to shut down the schools. The threat came via email and “it appeared to come from overseas,” which is what a law enforcement official told the AP News reports Fox News live at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
Officials say that they get threats all the time, but this threat for some reason was deemed “credible” by authorities, reports Fox live. One of the concerns is that the many resources needed to do the searches of these schools, leave the area short on those resources, like police. This was deemed a “rare” threat in comparison to all the other threats they get about schools. Cortines has promised more information as soon as they get it.