Emailed threat shuts down Los Angeles Unified School District, U.S.’s second-largest

Emailed threat shuts down Los Angeles Unified School District, U.S.’s second-largest

LOS ANGELES — The nation’s second-largest school district shut down all of its campuses Tuesday after an emailed threat targeted students at many Los Angeles-area schools.

The shooting in nearby San Bernardino that left 14 people dead this month influenced the decision to close all the schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, which 640,000 students attend, Superintendent Ramon Cortines said.

New York City officials say they received the same threat, but quickly concluded that it was a hoax. New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said he thought Los Angeles officials overreacted.

Bratton said the person who wrote the note claimed to be a jihadist, but made errors that made it clear the person was a prankster. SOURCE

Did the Los Angeles Unified School District overreact to this threat?

Maybe they did but maybe not.

There are 2 schools of thought when it comes to terrorists and how you deal with their threats; whether real or perceived.

First, suppose the threat was indeed a REAL threat and the Los Angeles Unified School District had ignored it, can you imagine the cries from not only the folks in the Los Angeles area but from across the entire nation as well?

Second, in my studies of terrorism and terroristic threats it’s unusual for the person making the threat, be it by phone, email, whatever, to actually call in and warn of a REAL threat. That call would defeat the purpose of an attack if they intended to actually kill or maim innocent people.

Whether this *threat* came from a domestic terror source, a foreign terror source or just some ignorant *nut job* prankster that gets his jollies by scaring people in a time of great concern over acts of terror; the terrorists WIN any time an organization like the Los Angeles Unified School District shuts down every campus simply because of the fear that is struck throughout the entire city, not to mention the great amount of money that was spent to get the kids out of the schools and the security that had to have been provided.

Terrorists don’t have to set off bombs and shoot up crowds of people every day to be successful in their goal of terrorizing the population, they get a lot of mileage out of ONE act and the long-lasting and intense fear it instills with just a mention of another act of violence, whether it happens or not.

Jihadists attack and wage war, terrorists terrorize people and that too is an act of war, but there really is a difference between jihad and terror, whether anyone wants to accept it or not.

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4 Responses to Emailed threat shuts down Los Angeles Unified School District, U.S.’s second-largest

  1. James Shott says:

    I prefer to err on the side of caution, but if all it takes to shut down a huge school system is a phone call or an email, we are in for much trouble. And every time a false alarm shuts down something like a school system, or an airport, or government building, that just adds fuel to the fire for more government “oversight” or investigating every little thing.

  2. Wayne says:

    I wish that there were adults in charge of homeland security. I don’t recall who said it but it makes a lot of sense. “If looking for terrorists among the refugees is like trying to find a needle in a haystack, why would you want to make the haystack bigger? Whether we think the LA school district overreacted or not, I think it is good policy to err on the side of caution. If the Emailed threat were ignored and there was a terrorist attack, there would have been fingers pointed in all directions with nobody held to account because we all know it’s un American to accuse a group on religious grounds. islam is doing what the koran commands. “Strike fear in the hearts of the unbelievers”

  3. BobF says:

    Terrorists don’t have to set off bombs and shoot up crowds of people every day to be successful in their goal of terrorizing the population, they get a lot of mileage out of ONE act and the long-lasting and intense fear it instills with just a mention of another act of violence, whether it happens or not.

    BINGO Fred. That’s what terrorism is and many people don’t understand that. Terrorism isn’t killing people everyday; rather it’s making people live in fear, in terror, everyday. And, that’s what Americans are now doing. Yesterday I head someone on Fox asking if all school children in America should be going to school and maybe those in school should be sent home.

  4. Petermc3 says:

    Any reason to shut down these failing indoctrination centers-I mean school districts- if only for a day is OK in my book.

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