The Los Angeles Unified School District closed all schools after a bomb threat was called in to a school board member, the LA Police Department has confirmed. The LAUSD is the nation’s second largest, with 640,000 students in over 1,000 schools.
The threat was made to “students at school,” LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines said at a press conference Tuesday morning.
‘It was a message,” he said refusing to elaborate while the investigation is underway.
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The district is asking parents not to send children to any of the more than 900 public and 187 charter schools in the city. Parents who have already dropped their kids off should pick them up at the reunion gates.
The “credible threat” was “not one school, two schools, three schools. It was a threat to many schools,” Cortines said.
“This is a rare threat. We get threats all the time,” he added. “I want every school, every early education center, every adult school searched.”
The threat mentioned backpacks and other packages, Cortines said.
The FBI is assisting the LAPD and the school police force in the investigation, KCBS reported.
The decision to close all schools was made to be sure that every child and employee is “absolutely safe,” Board of Education President Steve Zimmer said.
Parents were notified early Tuesday about the closure.
“I literally woke up to the call,” parent Jim Alger told KNBC. “There’s this element of fear. Things like this are kind of reminiscent of the post-9/11 days. But I guess it’s better safe than sorry.”