VIDEO: LA schools closed over threat
Posted: 12:02 PM, Dec 15, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-15 17:02:13Z
<p>All Los Angeles Unified School District schools were suddenly closed Tuesday after a possible bomb threat.</p><p><a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-all-lausd-schools-closed-threat-20151215-story.html" target="_blank">According to the Los Angeles Times</a>, police say an "electronic" threat was received by a school board member.</p><p>It's unclear when the threat was made, but students and staff were directed to stay away from all campuses effective immediately. (Video via <a href="http://abc7.com/news/lapd-confirms-all-lausd-schools-closed-due-to-unspecified-threat/1123243/" target="_blank">KABC</a>)</p><p>School police said the FBI has been notified and the threat is being investigated. Officials say it was made specifically to LAUSD students and mentioned backpacks and other objects.</p><p>"I, as superintendent, am not going to to take the chance with the life of a student," LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines <a href="http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Los-Angeles-Schools-Bus-Classes-LAUSD-362374531.html" target="_blank">said during a press conference.</a></p><p>Of course, the incident comes just two weeks after 14 people were killed in a mass shooting in nearby San Bernardino. (Video via <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjbsZhz6nsA" target="_blank">KGTV</a>)</p><p>LAUSD enrolls more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and is made up of more than 900 schools. (Video via <a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/12/15/lausd-considers-closing-all-campuses-school-buses-recalled-to-yard/" target="_blank">KCBS</a>)</p>
During a press conference Tuesday, Los Angeles Unified School District police Chief Steven Zipperman said the threat was still being evaluated. Schools would remain closed until the threat was cleared, which officials said could happen by the end of the day.
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