On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District received a credible bomb threat to the nation’s second-largest school system and was forced to shut down over 1,000 schools. This involved sending home approximately 640,000 students and caused millions of Angelenos to feel a sense of chaos and disarray only two weeks after the San Bernardino shooting.
This bomb threat was made electronically and Ramon C. Cortines, superintendent of the L.A.U.S.D., said it was targeted at “students and schools” and included details about “backpacks and other packages.” Mr. Cortines refused to say more about this threat, however, a L.A.U.S.D. spokeswoman, Shannon Haber, said that this threat was sent to a board member by email and believed to have originated in Frankfurt, Germany.
Currently, the Los Angeles Police Department and F.B.I. are investigating this bomb threat and all of the schools will remain closed until further notice. Mr. Cortines and other Los Angeles officials are saying that the schools will reopen once the police and school administrators have searched all of the buildings to confirm that campuses are safe. Luckily, no bomb has been found yet and students have more time to study for exams.
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