More than 640,000 children are being urged to stay in their homes due to a ‘credible terror threat’ on the nation’s second largest school district. So scary.
All schools in the vast Los Angeles Unified School District have been ordered closed due to a threat. School district spokeswoman Ellen Morgan announced the alarming closure on Dec. 15, but released no further details.
“Parents, if you have not sent your kids to school, do not send them to school,” Steve Zimmer, president of the school district board, told a press conference. “We need to cooperation of the whole of Los Angeles today. We need families and neighbors to work together with our schools and with our employees to make sure our schools are safe throughout today.” At the press conference, officials stated that they had received an electronic threat and were still analyzing it. The threats which were made to certain students at various schools was characterized as “rare.”
Action is currently being taken out of an abundance of caution and that schools would remain closed until the threat was cleared, which may happen by the end of the day. The district, the second largest in the nation, has 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and more than 900 schools and 187 public charter schools, according to ABC News. The district spans 720 square miles including Los Angeles and all or part of more than 30 smaller cities and some unincorporated areas.
Parents, call this hotline for updates on the LAUSD closure: 213-241-2064.
UPDATE: NYC officials confirm they have also received an identical threat, but believe it’s a hoax.