All schools in the vast Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest, have been ordered closed due to an electronic threat Tuesday.
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.
“We need to co-operation of the whole of Los Angeles today,” said school board President Steve Zimmer. “We need families and neighbours to work together with our schools and with our employees to make sure our schools are safe throughout today.”
District Superintendent Ramon Cortines would not detail the threat but described it generally as a “message.”
“It was not to one school, two schools or three schools. It was many schools, not specifically identified. But there were many schools. That’s the reason I took the action that I did … It was to students at schools.”
The district has 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and more than 900 schools and 187 public charter schools.
The district spans 720 square miles including Los Angeles and all or part of more than 30 smaller cities and some unincorporated areas.
The closure came the same day classes were cancelled at San Bernardino Valley College because of a bomb threat. Students and staff were sent home around 5:30 p.m. Monday after the threat was made.