LAUSD Schools Close Down
December 16, 2015
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On Tuesday December 15, 2015 all LAUSD schools as well as charter schools in the area of Los Angeles were shut down at 6:50 am. LAUSD is the second largest school district in the nation and over 1,100 schools were affected by the decision to close down all schools. It was a necessary decision made by the Superintendent. The Superintendent Ramon Cotines wanted to ensure the safety of over 700,000 students due to a threat that Los Angeles schools received.
The Superintendent did not disclose much information at the initial conference. It was later discovered that the threat came through an email to LAUSD board members. The threat was then identified as a hoax. All schools in the district were searched by the FBI. Schools were opened the next day, Wednesday December 16, 2015 since it was disclosed that the threat was not credible.
Those students who went to school on Tuesday December 15, 2015 were turned away and were asked to go back home. Other students were alerted of the news through the media such as the news, radio station, and social media. Students were asked how they felt when they heard that the school was closed.
“(I was) sad because I wasn’t able to take my final,” declared Eduardo George (12th grade).
“At first I felt nothing, but then I started to see the news and it made me think about what if we went to school and something bad happened and how the district made the right choice and (kept) us safe,” expressed Andrea Negrete (12th grade).
Students were heavily affected by this decision. Schools had to change their finals schedule, but the most important thing is that now all schools and students are safe.
Students were then asked how the felt about the idea of terrorist attacks coming to Los Angeles before it was discovered that it was a hoax.
“I felt shocked that ISIS wants to hurt American children and teens. I feel we are safe now that the LAPD searched LAUSD schools for anything suspicious,” expressed Anthony Silva.