It appears the threat of terrorism in America is not under control as President Obama asserted the other night.
Right now, the Los Angeles, CA school system is closed due to a “credible” terror threat.
KTLA has the latest:
All Los Angeles Unified School District schools were closed Tuesday after LAUSD received a “credible terror threat,” according to school district officials and police.
Officer Kim of the Los Angeles Police Department told KTLA that the threat prompted the decision from LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines to close all schools until further notice.
The threat, which was against “many schools,” was received electronically and mentioned backpacks and other packages, Cortines said at a morning news conference. The nature of the threat was “unspecified.”
He stated he made the decision to close all campuses after consulting with Los Angeles School Police Department Chief Steven Zipperman and School Board President Steve Zimmer.
Cortines has ordered all schools be thoroughly searched to ensure the grounds were “safe for children.”
“I’ve asked the plant managers to walk the school, and if they see anything that is out of order to contact the police,” the superintendent said.
He felt it was important to take the precaution “based on what has happened recently, and what has happened in the past,” Cortines said, alluding to the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, which was being investigated by the FBI as an “act of terrorism.”
The Dec. 2 attack at the Inland Regional Center left 14 people dead and 21 others injured.
LAUSD is the second largest school district in the country, serving more than 640,000 students between kindergarten and 12th grade, according to its website. There are more than 900 schools and 187 public charter schools in the district.
Parents with questions were urged to call 213-241-2064, according to LAPD.
Let us hope this turns out to be nothing, but given the recent massacre in nearby San Bernardino by radical Islamic terrorists, officials have taken prudent steps to protect the thousands of children possibly at risk.
Is this the new “normal” in Obama’s America? Are we to live in fear or radical Islamic terrorism while the Obama Administration denies there is a problem?
Time will tell.
About Russ Hepler
Russ Hepler is a pastor, teacher, political activist, author and conference speaker with over 30 years’ experience. He holds a B.A. from Messiah College and an M.A.R. from Evangelical School of Theology. He has been an issues’ advocate, a campaign volunteer for local, state, and federal candidates, Regional Field Director for PA Christian Coalition and president of a county chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life. His first book – Yes! We Can Turn This Nation Around! A Practical Guide for Christian Political Involvement – was published in 2012. He and his wife, Sherry, have founded Transformation 1202 Ministries to educate, encourage, and challenge people of faith to get involved in the political and cultural issues of our day.