LAUSD shutdown: Read the text of the threat that led Los Angeles to close its schools
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District shut down because of a threat that was ultimately determined to be not credible.
Schools were reopened on Wednesday, after the district and law enforcement officials investigated the threat and after officers walked through every campus.
Below is the text of the email sent to one or more school board members that started the sequence of events. School district officials confirmed that this was the email they received. They declined to be named because they were not authorized to release that information.
“TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
I am emailing you to inform you of the happenings on Tuesday, 12/15/15.
Something big is going down. Something very big. It will make national headlines. Perhaps, even international ones. You see, my last 4 years here at one of the district high schools has been absolute hell. Pure, unmitigated, agony. The bullying, the loneliness, the rejection... it is never-ending. And for what? Just because I’m ‘different’?
If you do end up trying to, by perhaps, beefing up security, or canceling classes for the day, it won’t matter. Your security will not be able to stop us. We are an army of Allah. If you cancel classes, the bombings will take place regardless, and we will bring our guns to the streets and offices of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Bakersfield, and San Diego.
I wish you the best luck. It is time to pray to allah, as this may be your last day.”
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