Long Beach schools will remain open Thursday despite threats received by the school district that local law enforcement have deemed not credible, authorities said.
“The Long Beach Police Department is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of schools, students and staff,” officials stated. “We are working closely with the LBUSD, and will continue to monitor the situation, have a high visibility presence at all Long Beach schools, and remain in communication with our federal, state and local counterparts to stay apprised of the situation.”
Authorities said other school districts in the United States have received similar threats.
The threat comes two days after Los Angeles Unified School District officials canceled classes on all of its campuses, more than 900 of them, as a precaution following a terror threat sent electronically.
LBUSD RECEIVED THREAT SIMILAR TO LAUSD; THREAT DEEMED NOT CREDIBLE BUT PRECAUTIONS BEING TAKEN https://t.co/erSZzjLyg1
— Long Beach PD (@LongBeachPD_CA) December 17, 2015
— megankerr (@megankerr) December 17, 2015
The threat came in via email to the LBUSD’s superintendent’s office late last night, according to LBPD spokesman Brad Johnson.
Officials did not mention the specifics of the threat but did confirm it was similar to threats received by the LAUSD.
LBPD officers will be working in conjunction with the LBUSD’s Office of School Safety which also has uniformed officers.
A high visibility presence is expected throughout the day though Johnson did not give an exact time frame.
Johnson could not comment on whether officers and K-9s would be checking classrooms but did say the LBPD has such assets available.
The LBPD encourages anyone who sees suspicious activity, particularly around schools, to report it immediately by calling 9-1-1. If you see something … say something.
This story was update at 11:40AM with information on when the threat was made and police presence.
Stephanie Rivera covers immigration and the north, west and central parts of Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter at @StephRivera88.
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