Los Angeles schools to reopen Wednesday after threat

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Schools in the vast Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest, will reopen Wednesday, officials confirmed.

All schools were ordered to close Tuesday after an electronic threat.

“We need to cooperation of the whole of Los Angeles today,” said school board President Steve Zimmer. “We need families and neighbors to work together with our schools and with our employees to make sure our schools are safe throughout today.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says the FBI has concluded it wasn’t a credible threat, though the motivation for the email remains a mystery.

District Superintendent Ramon Cortines would not detail the threat but described it generally as a “message.”

“It was not to one school, two schools or three schools. It was many schools, not specifically identified. But there were many schools. That’s the reason I took the action that I did … It was to students at schools.”

The district 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.

The closure came the same day classes were canceled at San Bernardino Valley College because of a bomb threat. Students and staff were sent home around 5:30 p.m. Monday after the threat was made.

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