All public schools of Los Angeles were closed Tuesday after a “credible threat” sent electronically, said the police and the Rector of the sector.
“Earlier this morning, we received an email threat evoking the safety of our schools,” said Steve Zipperman, police chief of Los Angeles responsible for schools at a press conference.
The Los Angeles police and the federal police (FBI) “were informed and this threat is being analyzed,” he added. “In a gesture of caution, we decided to close our schools today until we can be completely certain that our schools are safe,” he added.
This is a “credible threat,” said the Rector on his Twitter account.
“It was a huge” threat, “not against a school, two schools and three schools. It was many schools that have not been specifically identified, “said the rector of the public schools of Los Angeles (LAUSD – Los Angeles Unified School District), Ramon Cortines, during the same press conference.
The Rector receives “all the time” threats, but this time “it is a rare threat,” he said, citing “backpacks” without giving further details.
Reporters who asked why such a discharge in this case, the Rector referred to the attack in San Bernardino, one hour from Los Angeles, where a couple radicalized killed 14 people and injured 22 others, as well as Recent international events.
“We will not risk the life of a schoolboy,” he added.
The authorities claimed that they undertook a search of all schools in the LAUSD.
This widespread closure, rare action comes less than two weeks after the killing of San Bernardino located a hundred kilometers from Los Angeles, where a couple jihadists killed 14 people on December 2, in the terrorist attack occurred deadliest on American soil since September 11.
The LAUSD, the second largest school board in Canada, representing 700,000 students from kindergarten to Grade 12, over 900 schools and 187 public charter schools.
Its territory stretches over 1860 square kilometers and includes Los Angeles and more than 30 small towns.
Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States after New York with a population exceeding 16 million inhabitants (urban area).