Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Was This The Best Solution?

Los Angeles closed its schools because of a terrorist threat.  From KTLA channel 5:
All Los Angeles Unified School District schools were closed Tuesday until further notice after LAUSD received a "credible threat," according to school district officials.

The threat was sent via email to a school board member Monday evening and was traced back to an IP address in Frankfurt, Germany, according to spokeswoman Ellen Morgan.

The "messaged" threat mentioned backpacks and other packages, Superintendent Ramon Cortines said at a morning news conference. He described the nature of the threat as "unspecified."

Earlier, another LAPD official described it to KTLA as a "terror threat."
 They closed 900 schools.  One or two police officers per school would seem sufficient.

CBS New York reports:
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City schools were among many districts around the country to receive an email terror threat Tuesday, but police have determined it not to be credible and are investigating it as a hoax, city officials said.

All schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District were ordered closed Tuesday due to a threat. NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the email received in New York was similar to the one received in Los Angeles. He added that the system there shut down schools without consulting with the Los Angeles Police Department. Bratton called the move a “significant overreaction.”

1 comment:

Anthony said...

LAUSD has a *lot* of schools, and putting LAPD at each one would leave the entire rest of the city without cops.

I think it behooves our emergency planners to figure out a response from nearby military bases for threats like this - get two or three Marines from Pendleton at each school, with roaming squads able to move quickly in the event of an attack. This would be good training for difficult logistics, and would provide a useful supplement to the police. San Francisco USD would be in trouble - the nearest large number of military personnel is at Travis AFB now (I think), which is two bridges away.