All Los Angeles Schools were closed because of a bomb threat on Tuesday morning. The LA Times reports that the threat was called in to a board member.
There was originally an email sent out by a person who claimed to be “an extremist Muslim who has teamed up with local jihadists,” according to Congressman Brad Sherman.
“The text of the email does not demonstrate that the author has studied Islam or has any particular understanding of Islam,” Brad continued. This unknown person just claimed to be an extremist in the emails.
The email mentioned explosive devices, assault rifles, and pistols, and caused officials to take particular caution with backpacks and packages left at campuses in the Los Angeles area. The authorities wanted to keep students safe, especially after the deadly shooting that happened in San Bernardino almost two weeks ago.
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CNBC reports that Ramon Cortines, LAUSD Superintendent, wanted to take extra precaution. He said “I think it is important that I take the precaution based on what has happened recently and what has happened in the past. ”
“Before the day is over, I want every school to be searched to make sure that it is safe for children and safe for staff to be there on Wednesday.”
He asked police to search all campuses, adult schools, and early education centers before Wednesday.
“The threat is still being analyzed,” Los Angeles School Police Chief Steve Zipperman said, “We have chosen to close our schools today until we can be sure our campuses are safe.”
“Parents/Guardians please bring proper ID when picking up your child at school. They will be required,” the LAUSD said in a statement.
Los Angeles police say threat against schools mentioned "explosives, assault rifles and machine pistols" https://t.co/4JtWPPRrrr
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Zayda Hernandez, a parent of a student in the Los Angeles school district, pulled up to a surprise this morning. There were paper signs that read “No school today,” taped to the outside of the chained fence at Mayberry Elementary in Echo Park.
“I pulled up and thought, ‘There’s no traffic so maybe it’s true.’ ” she said.
A few minutes later she pulled out her phone to see that the superintendent closed schools around 7:10 a.m. It read “Do not send your child to school. Please watch the news for further updates.”
Needless to say her child was happy he didn’t have to go to school today.
Because of the threat, Metro announced they would allow all students with the proper I.D. to ride the busses and trains for free until noon.
The school district is the second largest in the United States, enrolling over 640,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
We will continue to update the situation as more news becomes available.
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