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The threat, which was against "many schools," was received electronically and mentioned backpacks and other packages, Cortines said at a morning news conference. The nature of the threat was "unspecified."
He stated he made the decision to close all campuses after consulting with Los Angeles School Police Department Chief Steven Zipperman and School Board President Steve Zimmer.
Cortines has ordered all schools be thoroughly searched to ensure the grounds were "safe for children."
"I've asked the plant managers to walk the school, and if they see anything that is out of order to contact the police," the superintendent said.
He felt it was important to take the precaution "based on what has happened recently, and what has happened in the past," Cortines said, alluding to the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, which was being investigated by the FBI as an "act of terrorism."
The Dec. 2 attack at the Inland Regional Center left 14 people dead and 21 others injured.
The threat to LAUSD schools was still being analyzed, according to Zipperman.
“ We have chosen to close our schools today until we can be sure our campuses are safe," he said during the news conference.
LAUSD is the second largest school district in the country, serving more than 640,000 students between kindergarten and 12th grade, according to its website. There are more than 900 schools and 187 public charter schools in the district.
New York City officials say they received the same threat that led to the closure of the Los Angeles school system but quickly concluded that it was a hoax.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday morning that he was "absolutely convinced" there was no danger to schoolchildren in New York.
New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said he thought Los Angeles officials overreacted by deciding to close the nation's second-largest school system.
He said a school superintendent received the threatening email Tuesday morning.
Bratton said the person who wrote the note claimed to be a jihadist but made errors that made it clear the person was a prankster.
Interesting enough to note bomb threats and emergency calls occur all the time that are hoaxes, and oddly enough, the schools are the places being shutdown.
As far as the people in charge, they are playing a child's game. Like little kids arguing who runs the sandbox, or disrupting the game by taking the ball and going home.
originally posted by: angeldoll
a reply to: intrptr
Kids playing in a sandbox is your analogy? Have you lost touch with reality? They are searching the schools today. It's what they need to do to protect their students and faculty. It's not a sandbox.