L.A. Unified schools shut down in response to threat [updated @ 12:57 pm]

IMG_2431L.A. Unified this morning cancelled all classes today after receiving a “credible” threat against several campuses.  School buses are being recalled and parents who have already dropped of their children are being advised to pick them up at pre-designated reunion gates.  Parents or guardians must bring a photo ID.

The L.A. Times reports that the threat involved backpacks and packages left on campuses. All 900 school facilities will be searched today.

Metro is offering free rides to L.A. Unified students with valid school ID through 12 pm today. At fare gates, students should use intercom to enter.

Update @ 12:57 p.m.: Congressman Adam Schiff, the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said the threat appears to be a hoax.

“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,” Schiff said in an email. “The investigation is ongoing as to where the threat originated from and who was responsible.”

Between 75% to 80% of schools have been inspected, according to ABC 7. All campuses are expected to be inspected by 7 p.m.

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