Los Feliz — The LAPD will deploy officers to John Marshall High today in response to rumors and threats made against the school, according to emails and text alerts sent early this morning by the principal. The nature of the threats were not revealed but they was not deemed credible by police, and students were encouraged to attend classes today.
“I was informed by the LAPD around 11:30 p.m. last night that a few parents had contacted the department regarding rumors of threats to Marshall High School and that the department was investigating the issue,” said the message from Principal Gary Garcia. “At 2:00 a.m. today, the LAPD called me to say that it does not view the threat as credible, but that it will provide officers to the school today nevertheless.”
While the threat is not considered credible, one Marshall High parent said there was talk among students on social media about not attending school today. The area where parents drop off students at the school was “very sparse” this morning, she said.
But a school district spokeswoman said that students are “students are encouraged to go to school.”
Marshall High serves students from portions of Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Los Feliz and Silver Lake.
Update: The school was open but attendance appeared to be light, with only a handful of students showing for some classes where there would be about 35 on a normal day, according to parents. Some events were cancelled, including an afternoon powderpuff football game and an evening awards ceremony hosted by the Friends of Marshall School for Advanced Studies. The awards ceremony has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 31, said president Jim Contratto, whose daughter attended school today.
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