Concerned parents took to social media once the news broke today about the threat to schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Locally, the Torrance Unified School District worked closely with the Torrance Police Department, and decided the LAUSD situation would not impact Torrance schools. TUSD campuses remained open today.
LAUSD reacted to an email sent to school board members early this morning threatening attacks with bombs and assault rifles. Even though intelligence officials are calling it a hoax now, it was designed to disrupt school districts in large cities.
Ramon Cortines, LAUSD superintendent, said that in light of the recent attacks in San Bernardino and around the world, he was not going to take any chances with students’ lives.
Closer to home, Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach received its third bomb threat in a week last Monday, and vandalism at Redondo Union High School also put students and teachers on edge. Schools in New York also received a threat today.
LAUSD is the second largest school district in the nation with more than 900 schools and 211 public charter schools.
And while there was no threat to Torrance schools, many Torrance parents commented on the Torrance Police Department’s Facebook page, some expressed their concerns and said that they would keep their children home.
“There wasn’t enough information for me to feel it was safe to take my child to school,” Torrance resident Jackie Kleber told CitiCABLE. She added that she doesn’t want to live in fear, but also didn’t want to worry all day.
A TorranceAlerts message was sent this morning regarding the threat to LAUSD schools, confirming Torrance schools were not impacted and would be open. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to sign up for TorranceAlerts.