LA school threat e-mailed 'from overseas'

2015-12-15 18:57
A lock holds the gate shut at Edward Roybal High School in Los Angeles. (Richard Vogel, AP)

A lock holds the gate shut at Edward Roybal High School in Los Angeles. (Richard Vogel, AP)

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Los Angeles - A law enforcement official says the threat that closed all schools in the vast Los Angeles Unified School District was e-mailed to a school board member and appeared to come from overseas.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak publicly about the investigation. The official says the threat was sent late on Monday.

District Superintendent Ramon Cortines said on Tuesday afternoon the threat was made against students at many of the district's schools. 

He said the San Bernardino shooting that left 14 people dead on December 2 influenced the decision to shut down the district's more than 900 schools and 187 public charter schools.

Cortines said the schools commonly get threats, but called this one rare.

The district, the second largest in the US, has 640 000 students and more than 900 schools and 187 public charter schools.

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