NYC Schools Calls Threat A Hoax

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Los Angeles, home to the nation’s second-largest school system canceled classes after receiving emailed threats, while New York City concluded that a similar threat was a “hoax” and kept schools open, reports USA Today.

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said a generic email threat was sent to several school officials in Los Angeles, New York and possibly other districts across the country.

He said the threat most likely originated abroad and was probably not “the usual prank of a student not wanting to take an exam.”

Los Angeles schools Superintendent Ramon Cortines said he was told about a threat “to not one school, but to many schools in the school district.” He said the “credible threat” involved backpacks and other packages but did not provide any more details.

The Los Angeles Unified School District is the second largest in the nation and enrolls more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

A preliminary evaluation of the threat received by school officials in Los Angeles is that it was indeed a hoax.

Read more at L.A. Times.