A “credible terror threat” was received by the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to district officials and police, prompting closure this morning of all schools in the district.
Local station KTLA reports: “Officer Kim of the Los Angeles Police Department told KTLA that the threat prompted the decision from LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines to close all schools until further notice.”
The LAUSD reportedly serves about 650,000 students and includes about 900 public school campuses along with another 180 charter schools. Cortines ordered a search of all schools in the district, and officers were reportedly searching for backpacks and packages. Some media outlets were reporting the incident as a bomb threat.
The FBI was reportedly assisting in an investigation into the incident, which is believed to be unrelated to the recent terrorist shootings in San Bernardino, Calif.
Parents received calls this morning before school hours telling them not to send their children to school today. However, a few children were already at school, and district officials were arranging for them to get home.
The closure affects both charter schools and public schools that are part of the L.A. Unified School District. Schools in neighboring districts such as Burbank and Manhattan Beach remained open, as officials described the threat as being specifically directed at LAUSD schools.