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Los Angeles schools close after 'credible terror threat'

Los Angeles schools close after 'credible terror threat'

All public schools in Los Angeles, California, have been closed today because of a bomb threat, which was telephoned in to a member of the school board.

All students and teachers were told to stay away from public school campuses in the Los Angeles Unified District.

The superintendent of Los Angeles, Ramon Cortnies, has ordered a search of every school in the district by the FBI and explosive experts.

He told a press conference that there was specific threats made against a number of schools and students.

'I can't take a chance, I want all schools to be searched today,' Cortines said.

The superintendent insisted he is acting out of 'an abundance of caution' in light of the recent attack on the neighbouring city of San Bernardino. 

Steve Zimmer, president of the school district board, urged: 'Parents, if you have not sent your kids to school, do not send them to school.'

The Los Angeles Unified School District is one of the biggest in the States; almost 700,000 students and 1,087 schools in the area.