The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has decided to close its schools for the day due to what was described as a “credible threat” earlier.
A few hours ago, the unified school issued a statement on its Facebook page saying that a security threat was made against the schoo,l and in an effort to exercise “an excess of caution,” superintendent Ramon C. Cortines had ordered for all LAUSD schools closed for the day to keep both students and school employees safe. The school district also said that school staff will stay with students who have already arrived in campus until their parents and guardians can be contacted. To help students return home faster, all LAUSD students could also ride Metro buses and trains for free for the day. Earlier today, the LAUSD board president has issued a statement saying, “all students are safe.” By 12:17 p.m., LAUSD has also announced that all students who were in campus have already been picked up.
School administrators have been doing walk-throughs throughout the campus along with the LAUSD police and 13 law enforcement agencies: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; California Highway Patrol; the Departments of Police Services at the University of California and Cal State-Northridge; and the police departments from Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Fernando, Bell, Gardena, Hawthorne, Huntington Park, Inglewood and South Gate.
LAUSD also announced that all its school programs for the day are cancelled. No further information has been given with regard to threat. However, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) said that threat to LAUSD was a mere “hoax.” LAUSD says it will hold a news conference soon.