Authorities search for suspicious packages, backpacks, after “credible threat” issued to numerous district locations
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (INTELLIHUB) — Nine hundred schools were shut down and will be searched by authorities after a “credible threat” was made which prompted the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to suspend class for 700,000 students.
LASUD superintendent Ramon Cortines, quoted by the LA Times said:
“I think it’s important to take this precaution based on what has happened recently and what has happened in the past.”
Cortines said the district doesn’t want to leave any stone unturned and wants to do what’s right to make sure students are safe.
According to reports the threats came via “electronic” format and were issued to multiple district locations.
The threats purportedly involved “packages” and possibly “backpacks” left on school grounds.
As of now it is unknown whether authorities will actually rummage through 700,000 students lockers or whether bomb sniffing dogs and other methods will be utilized to search the properties.
At this time no group claims responsibility for the threats.
All of this is just ahead of the CNN Republican National Debate which is set to take place in Las Vegas Tuesday night. CNN’s rhetoric is now shifting the focus of tonight’s debate to “security.”
Intellihub will have commentary on tonight’s debate available just after the broadcast.