News Update!!: Los Angeles, CA: Latest information on the Los Angeles Unified School District schools threat closure.

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News Update!!: Los Angeles, CA: Latest information on the Los Angeles Unified School District schools threat closure.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding the closure of all Los Angeles Unified School District schools due to what Los Angeles Unified School District and authorities believed was a “credible threat”, but now is being called a “non-credible.”

** As of 9:00pm PT on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015: **

– Authorities and the Los Angeles Unified School District have announced that all schools will be open on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015.

During a news conference, Los Angeles Unified School District Officials, along with City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, announced all schools were determined to be safe and all schools will be reopened tomorrow.

Authorities and the Los Angeles Unified School District are saying that the threat believe to have been “credible” is now “non-credible.”

This comes after New York City Officials were saying that they received a similar threat from somebody who claimed to be a bullied student, but concluded it was “not credible”.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton said that several other districts nationwide also received an email threat, but investigators determined students weren’t in any real danger.

Their announcement to not close New York City, New York area schools came hours after the order to close all schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District already happened.

In a statement, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines thanks the community and all officials that took part in the investigation.

Earlier on Tuesday, both the Los Angeles Unified School District and authorities in Los Angeles, California said that an anonymous threat against multiple schools in the district was emailed to a school board member and that threat mentioned backpacks and other objects.

Los Angeles School Police Department are saying that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) was notified and the threat is being analyzed.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) confirmed the agency is providing resources for the investigation, which includes a district wide search by law enforcement agents, and a sweep of all Los Angeles Unified School District schools which took the whole day because of the district’s size.

All Los Angeles Unified School District schools were ordered closed which effected 640,000 students, from kindergarten through 12th grade, at over 900 schools and 187 public charter schools.

All after school activities and sports for Los Angeles Unified School District were also cancelled on Tuesday.

Both criticism and support over how the Los Angeles Unified School District and authorities in Los Angeles, California reacted over the now deem “not credible” threat continue to spread across the United States of America with people saying that there shouldn’t have been a closure of all the schools over a fake threat and people saying that it was the right thing to do in case it was real; better safe then sorry for to protect our children.

** As of 1:00pm PT on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015: **

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– According to a released statement from Adam Schiff, Representative of California’s 28th District Congressman, “While we continue to gather information about the threat made against the Los Angeles and New York School Departments, the preliminary assessment is that it was a hoax or something designed to disrupt school districts in large cities. The investigation is ongoing as to where the threat originated from and who was responsible. The safety of our communities and particularly our young people is paramount. At the same time, in an environment in which it is very easy to transmit threats, real and otherwise, and when fear and disruption may be the goal as well as the effect, communities and law enforcement will need to make a difficult judgment as to how to respond in a variety of circumstances. The goal of the intelligence and federal law enforcement community should be to assist local authorities with as timely information as possible to help inform those judgments. I will continue to urge the intelligence and federal law enforcement community to share as much information as it can, as quickly as it is able.”

New York City Officials are saying that they received a similar threat from somebody who claimed to be a bullied student, but concluded it was “not credible”.

According to New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton, the writer made errors that made it clear the person was a prankster.

NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 is reporting that law enforcement sources told the NBC4 I-Team that the email threat was received at 10:15 pm PT on Monday, December 14th, 2015, leading to a closure that affected hundreds of thousands of students and their families.

Authorities continue to search the over 900 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District and all after school activities and sports have been cancelled for today.

** As of 12:00pm PT on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015: **

– The Associated Press is reporting that House Intelligence Committee member says the Los Angeles Unified School District threat is believed to be a hoax.

** As of 11:00am PT on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015: **

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– According to Brad Sherman, United States Representative for 30th District Congressman and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, “I have reviewed the email that was sent to a Los Angeles school board member. The author claims to be an extremist Muslim who has teamed up with local jihadists. We do not know whether these claims are true or a lie. We do not know whether this email is from a devout Muslim who supports jihadists or perhaps a non-Muslim with a different agenda.”

Brad Sherman, United States Representative for 30th District Congressman and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has spoke with the Los Angeles Police Department regarding this incident.

** As of 10:00am PT on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015: **

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– A news conformance was held discussing the investigation into the “credible threat” that has lead to all Los Angeles Unified School District schools to be closed.

According to the Los Angeles Unified School District, an email threat was received by school board member and the last IP address traced back to Frankfurt, Germany.

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According to Los Angeles Police Department Chief Chief Beck, we was notified late last night of specific threat emailed to “number of people on this school board”.

According to City of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti, the email threat “implied that it could come in a number of forms of violence,” including weapons.

City of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti said that the Emergency Operations Center activated at Level 1 during this in search.

Details on what the threat says weren’t released and questions by the news media regarding the threat were not answered, but Los Angeles Unified School District Officials and authorities are supporting the decision to close all the schools.

The Los Angeles Unified School District announced on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 that all Los Angeles Unified School District schools around Los Angeles, California are closed and all students at schools were sent home while authorities investigate a “credible threat”.

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The Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles School Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) are all working together in this investigation of this “credible threat”.

Authorities are continuing the search over 900 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

All after school activities and sports for Los Angeles Unified School District have been cancelled today.

** As of 7:54am PT on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015: **

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– According to the Los Angeles Unified School District, all schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District around the Los Angeles, California area are closed and all students at schools were sent home on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 while authorities investigate a “credible threat”.

Los Angeles Unified School District tweeted on Twitter, “LAUSD schools are closed today due to credible threat.”

https://twitter.com/LASchools/status/676784860841684992

Both the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are assisting the Los Angeles School Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District in a search operation of all Los Angeles Unified School District schools.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) was notified and the threat is being analyzed.

All schools are being searched by law enforcement agents, a sweep that will likely take the rest of the day because of the district’s size.

According to Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines that the district received an electronic threat that mentioned backpacks and other objects.

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines said that the threat was broad and did not point out specific schools.

The threat was made against “many schools,” said Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines.

The closure of Los Angeles Unified School District affects 640,000 students, from kindergarten through 12th grade, at over 900 schools and 187 public charter schools.

During a news conference, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines said, “I am not taking a chance of bringing children into a place, into any part of a building, until I know that it’s safe. I, as superintendent, am not going to take the chance with the life of a student.”

The Los Angeles Unified School District wants Parents and Guardians to know that proper identification will be required for picking up your child at the school.

Parents and Guardians are being asked to please bring proper identification when picking up your child at the school.

Los Angeles Unified School District students can ride Los Angeles Metro buses and trains for free until 12:00pm PT on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 with valid student identification.

If you have any questions regarding the closure, you can contact the LAUSD at: 1 (213) 241-2064 or at: http://home.lausd.net/

Well all Los Angeles Unified School District schools have been ordered closed, all schools in both San Bernardino County, California and Riverside County, California remain open.

On the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools website, a posting reads, “Based on information from law enforcement and district officials, Los Angeles Unified School District schools are closed today because of a “credible threat of violence.” In San Bernardino County, no K-12 school districts have reported being closed this morning, although San Bernardino Valley College also remains closed because of a credible threat made on Monday. As more information becomes available, County Schools will provide updates throughout the day.”

http://www.sbcss.k12.ca.us/index.php/newsroom/newsroom-press-releases/2015-2016-press-releases/1415-no-k-12-school-closures-in-san-bernardino-county-today

On the Facebook Page for Riverside County Office of Education, a posting reads, “All Riverside County schools are open today. We will be monitoring the ongoing closure of Los Angeles Unified School District schools.”

https://www.facebook.com/RiversideCOE/posts/911348778913875

Schools in Pasadena, California; Burbank, California; Glendale, California; Altadena, California; Torrance, California; Simi Valley, California; Culver City, California; Glendora, California; Santa Monica,  California; Malibu, California; El Segundo, California; Hermosa Beach, California; Newport Beach, California; Costa Mesa, California; and Palos Verdes Peninsula, California were not affected and remained open.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

 

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