Los Angeles police have confirmed that all public schools are closed today because of an unspecified threat.
Officials said at a news conference that just after 5:00 a.m. PT the district received a phone message that included threat made to many schools in the Los Angeles school district. Threat involved backpack and other packages, officials said.
The decision to close all of the schools came after a series of conference calls.
All LAPD personnel have been ordered to be in uniform and on the street for increased presence, officials said. All schools will be searched be end of day. FBI is also investigating.
The president of school board insisted the closing of the schools was taken out of abundance of caution.
The district, the second largest in the nation, has 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and more than 900 schools and 187 public charter schools. It spans 720 square miles including Los Angeles and all or part of more than 30 smaller cities and some unincorporated areas.
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