Despite it being an inconvenience for some parents, I’m sure you won’t hear many complaining about the district being over cautious about their kid’s safety.
All schools in the vast Los Angeles Unified School District have been ordered to be closed due to a threat, which New York City officials say they also received but quickly concluded was a hoax.
Los Angeles school superintendent Ramon Cortines said that the threat was “not to one school, two school or three schools” but to “many schools” and “at school students” generally. He declined to describe the nature of the threat.
He said he had asked staffers at schools to look for “anything that is out of order” but “not to touch anything, not to do anything” before contacting authorities – suggesting that he and school officials fear a bomb threat.
The superintendent said the district police chief informed him of the threat around 5am on Tuesday. “He shared with me that some of the details talked about backpacks, talked about other packages,” Cortines said.
New York mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday morning that he was “absolutely convinced” there was no danger to schoolchildren in New York, and police commissioner William Bratton said he thought Los Angeles officials overreacted by deciding to close the nation’s second-largest school system.
Bratton also speculated that the threat was sent by someone who “may have been a Homeland fan” because it “mirrors recent episodes” of the Showtime drama.
Steve Zipperman, chief of the Los Angeles school police department, said the threat was delivered as an “electronic” message, and that the decision to close schools was made “in an abundance of caution”.
“We do not know of any other information of any other threats in the county region at this time,” he added.
Read more: theguardian.com