Every school in the Los Angeles Unified School District was shuttered on Tuesday after an unspecified, wide-ranging threat was called in.

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“It was not to one school, two schools or three schools, it was many schools, not specifically identified, but there were many schools,” superintendent Ramon Cortines said at a press conference. “That’s the reason that I took the action that I did.”

The 600,000 students in the district have been instructed to stay away from their schools.

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According to Cortines, every LAUSD school will be systemically searched for bombs and other threats, with weapons possibly concealed in backpacks and packages.

Jorge Villegas, an assistant chief, reportedly said the police and FBI were investigating the threat.

He continued, “Nothing is more important than the safety of our kids.”

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We’ll update this post as more information is made available.

Update: According to the AP, New York schools received a similar threat and determined it wasn’t real:


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