Los Angeles schools close due to 'unknown threat'

The LA Unified School District has more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through to 12th grade.

FILE: Parents were asked not to bring their students to school. Picture: freeimages.com

CHICAGO, LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles schools were closed on Tuesday after the district received an electronic threat to many schools, school and police officials said.

Los Angeles police and the FBI were notified of the threat, which is being investigated, officials said.

The electronic threat came via a message, Ramon Cortines, the superintendent of Los Angeles schools, said.

Cortines, says he decided to call off classes for all students as precaution.

"Some of the details talked about backpacks, other packages and I made the decision to close all of the schools. I think it is important that I take the precaution based on what has happened recently and what has happened in the past."

He said the threatening "message" was made to "many schools," none of which were identified by name.

Officials said they were not aware of any other threats.

"In an abundance of caution as superintendent, Cortines has indicated we have decided to close our schools today until we can be actually certain that our schools are deemed safe," Los Angeles School Police Chief Steven Zipperman said.

Parents were asked not to bring their students to school.

A statement will be issued later today.

The second largest in the United States, the Los Angeles Unified School District has more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade at over 900 schools and 187 public charter schools.