All 1 000 LA schools closed due to threat

2015-12-15 17:48
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Los Angeles - All public schools in the vast Los Angeles area have been ordered closed due to a threat, a spokesperson, Ellen Morgan, said on Tuesday.

During a press conference on Tuesday officials said they received the electronic threat and were still analysing it. They said the action was being taken out of an abundance of caution. Schools would remain closed until the threat was cleared, which they expected to happen by the end of the day.

"We need to co-operation of the whole of Los Angeles today," said school board President Steve Zimmer. "We need families and neighbours to work together with our schools and with our employees to make sure our schools are safe throughout today."

The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest in the United States, has 640 000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and more than 1 000 schools.

The district spans 1 865km² including Los Angeles and all or part of more than 30 smaller cities and some unincorporated areas.

District Superintendent Ramon Cortines said the December 2 attack in nearby San Bernardino that left 14 people dead, influenced the decision.

He would not detail the threat, but described it generally as a "message".

"It was not to one school, two schools or three schools. It was many schools, not specifically identified. But there were many schools. That's the reason I took the action that I did ... It was to students at schools."

He says the schools commonly get threats, but called this one rare.

Cortines said the district police chief informed him about the threat shortly after 05:00.

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