Normal School Day In Dade, Broward After “Less Than Credible” Threat

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CCSD Receives Email Threat Similar To Others.

School districts from Florida to California reported receiving threats Thursday similar to those that closed Los Angeles’ massive school system earlier this week, though in most cases students attended class without interruption. MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Public Schools in Miami-Dade and Broward County opened as usual Thursday after receiving a threat that several levels of law enforcement deemed “less than credible.” “We’re having a regular school day today after we received a non credible threat late last night around 8:30 p.m.,” said Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco schools received a threat similar to ones received in Los Angeles and New York this week, but officials decided the threatening email was not credible and kept schools open Thursday.

President Obama assured the nation Thursday that there are no “specific and credible” terror threats to the United States, on the same day emails to schools across the country triggered closings and heightened security. He said the district has been working with federal, state and local authorities after several board members received threatening emails Wednesday night. Obama’s speech and the simultaneous school searches and closings Thursday highlight a present conflict in many Americans’ hearts: In the face of terrorism, how can we be both confident and cautious? And while officials from these districts decided to keep schools open Thursday, it wasn’t business-as-usual – school officials took extra precautions.

In Texas, officials called parents’ homes through an automated system, disclosing the threat, and adding, “As a precautionary measure … law enforcement officers are currently conducting random sweeps of school district buildings to ensure student safety,” the Houston Chronicle reported. Some of the districts affected by the latest threats are among the nation’s largest — Miami ranks fourth, Fort Lauderdale’s Broward County system is sixth, Houston seventh, Orlando 10th and Dallas 14th. According to the statement, such threats were also made to Broward County Public Schools, Houston Independent School District and those in Dallas, Orange County and Long Beach. “Sadly, it’s becoming the new normal. Sources familiar with the emails and the ongoing federal investigation said that investigators dismissed the legitimacy of the four-paragraph statements — which told of rifles, guns and explosives — because they were too general and contained grammatical errors.

The emails, which sources said originated from somewhere in Europe, were sent directly to South Florida School Board members, whose email addresses are public record. The letter sent from the Cock.li email address to Los Angeles officials on Tuesday, purported to be from a disgruntled staff member who had joined a terror cell and stocked district buildings with pressure cooker bombs and nerve gas. The district’s police department activated its emergency response protocol and began working with other law enforcement agencies to make sure the schools were safe, though no credible threat was found. In a statement released by Miami-Dade Schools earlier, officials said, in part, “Notwithstanding this less than credible threat, it is the district’s responsibility to share this information with the community.

Two Indianapolis school districts in Danville and Plainfield decided to close their doors due to similar threats, keeping almost 8,000 students home Thursday, but Indianapolis officials urged the same confidence. “Get ready to go to jail,” said Danville Police Chief William Wright at a news conference Thursday, directed at the two teenagers accused of distributing the threat. “We’re flat out not going to put up with it.” On the east coast in Washington D.C., Anacostia High School and Frank W. The husband and wife alleged perpetrators are believed to have been inspired by the Islamic State, though are not thought to have had any contact with the terror group, according to Reuters. We could possibly be the victims of a terrorist attack and they’re continuing school that’s crazy,” said 10th grader Christi Castillo. “It’s dangerous right now and we don’t know what to expect so we want Dade County Schools to monitor our children and I’m sure Mr. Still, Carranza’s office contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and San Francisco Police Department, and principals checked their schools for anything suspicious.

We need to rely on the public to let us know if you see something saying something.” “We ought to be vigilant, we ought to be aware and prepared, but we ought not be afraid. While Miami-Dade sent out an email blast at 12:30 a.m. and kept parents in the loop all morning, Broward sent out a single tweet at 6:30 in the morning. “One of the things I don’t want to do in Broward County is to create anxiety, hysteria over hoax that we receive in the county,” said Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie. Parents/guardians are encouraged to send their children to their regularly scheduled classes and activities.” “I know it was going around everything and unfortunately I was waiting for something to happen here because it was a big city, next to Miami and I’m very nervous, very worried,” said Hayes. It ends with “I wish you the best of luck.” New York Police Commissioner William Bratton told the New York Times that the email seemed to come straight from an episode of the Showtime drama Homeland, which focuses on the CIA and terrorism.

The statement did not disclose the nature of the threat, but Superintendent David Clendening told the Johnson County Daily Journal that police dogs were searching the Franklin Community High School after a caller reported a homemade bomb in a locker room area. On Thursday, second-graders from Southside Elementary School near Brickell planned to visit Arcola Lake Elementary in Northwest Miami-Dade as part of a diversity training program that had been in the works for a month.

This article includes comments from the Public insight Network, an online community of people who have agreed to share their insights with the Miami Herald and WLRN.

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