During a press conference Tuesday officials said they received the electronic threat and were still analysing it. They said the action was being taken out of an abundance of caution. Schools would remain closed until the threat was cleared, which they expected to happen by the end of the day.
"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 on Tuesday."
The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest in the United States, has 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and more than 1,000 schools. The district spans 720 square miles (1,865 square kilometers) including Los Angeles and all or part of more than 30 smaller cities and some unincorporated areas.