UPDATE 5:45 p.m.: In a joint press conference Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck revealed this evening that the FBI and other departments have concluded after 12 hours of investigation that the threat which caused LAUSD to close all schools today was “not credible.” Beck says police will have a significant presence on campuses when schools reopen tomorrow. Garcetti thanked the leaders of the LAUSD, law enforcement, and parents for their cooperation on a “very difficult and disruptive day.” Beck alluded to criticism over the district’s decision to shut down. “Anything can be viewed through the mirror into the past,” he said. “If you knew what Superintendent Cortines did at 5:30 this morning when a decision had to be made, would you have sent your child to school?”
Late last night an LAUSD school board member received a “credible threat” of violence against a number of schools in an email that appeared to have been sent from overseas. The threat was against “many schools in the district,” LAUSD superintendent Ramon Cortines said. According to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, the threat involved explosives, assault rifles, and pistols. None of the district’s 900 schools and 187 public charter schools have been named as specific targets of the threat, but all LAUSD schools—including adult schools and early education centers—will be closed while the LAPD, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and FBI investigate. After the San Bernardino shooting, Cortines says, he is not willing to take any chances.
The LAUSD has set up a hotline for information at (213) 241-2064. Parents picking up children who have already been dropped off at school must have an ID handy. Metro will be providing free rides to students until noon today.
I have arranged with @metrolosangeles for LAUSD students to ride Metro buses and trains free today given school closures.
— Eric Garcetti (@ericgarcetti) December 15, 2015
According to the NYPD, New York schools received the same threat, but police commissioner William Bratton deemed it not credible. Nonetheless, the NYPD is still investigating the threat.
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 15, 2015