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It’s all over the news right now, that the Los Angeles Unified School district has completely shut down its schools and are telling parents that if they haven’t brought their children to school, not to do so.
Right now school officials and police say they are vetting this credible security threat but won’t say any more about the threat or where it might have come from. They have said the threat was communicated electronically and is aimed at students at multiple schools, which is why they’ve decided to close over 900 campuses.
From LA TIMES
An email threat sent to several Los Angeles Unified School board members that prompted a closure of all Los Angeles Unified Schools mentioned explosive devices, assault rifles and pistols and was traced to an IP address in Frankfurt, Germany, according to law enforcement sources.
All campuses were closed Tuesday morning after receiving what officials have called a “credible threat” of violence involving backpacks and packages left at campuses. Still, one law enforcement source familiar with the evidence said there was no sign that “this individual is actually capable of carrying out the threat.”
Law enforcement sources also said that the person who made the threats could have masked their location and that the origin is believed to be much closer than Germany. District officials have been looking into the threat since at least 10 p.m. Monday, according to a school police source. The FBI and LAPD are assisting the investigation.
Authorities said they plan to search all of LAUSD’s more than 900 schools, including charter schools and special education centers. The nation’s second-largest school district, LAUSD has more than 700,000 students.
“Somebody has sent information that leads us to pause,” LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines said.
“What we are doing today is no different than what we normally do, except that we are doing it in a mass way,” he added.
Shortly after the district announced the closure, a 17-year-old male student was struck and killed by a city service truck while crossing a Highland Park street. The boy was near Avenue 60 and Figueroa Street at about 7:30 a.m., when he was hit, Los Angeles Police Officer Jane Kim said.
New York authorities were also responding to a threat made to city schools, but said it was not credible and that they were concerned about overreacting.
“These threats are made to promote fear…we can not allow us to raise the levels of fear,” New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton tweeted.
He added that the agency was working closely with the FBI and the LAPD.
The massive closure across the Los Angeles region comes less than two weeks after two shooters killed 14 people in San Bernardino in what was the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.
Officials said the threat was aimed at all LA Unified schools.
LAPD Assistant Chief Jorge Villegas said schools were closed “in an abundance of caution.”
“Nothing is [more] important to us than the safety of our kids,” he said.
Mayor Eric Garcetti cautioned the public about jumping to conclusions. “Decisions need to be made in a matter of minutes,” he said. “We will continue to hope that this is nothing and that our children will be back in school tomorrow.”