Threat closes all Los Angeles schools

Second largest school district in country will search all of its facilities while NYC dismisses threat as a hoax

December 15, 2015

Citing a "credible threat," the Los Angeles school system closed all of its campuses Tuesday as police and security officials conduct a complete search of all 900 schools.

School officials said they received a threat of violence using backpacks and packages at a number of schools and closed all of them as a precaution. "We get threats all the time," said Superintendent Ramon Cortines at a morning news conference. "This was a rare threat."

The electronic threat appeared to have originated overseas, he added.

Chief Steve Zipperman of the Los Angeles School Police said "the threat is still being analyzed." The FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department are assisting, he said.

The school district has more than 640,000 students.

New York City, the largest school system in the nation received a similar threat Monday night and dismissed it as a hoax.

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