Hours after Los Angeles officials announced that all students would be sent home due to a threat against their safety, the NYPD said it was investigating a threat made against schools.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters at a press conference held just after noon Tuesday that the threat on New York schools was being investigated as "non-credible."
"Our schools are safe. Kids should be in school today," the mayor said. "We will be vigilant. But we are absolutely convinced our schools are safe."
According to the Associated Press, the threat sent to officials in New York was the "same threat" sent to LA.
The mayor went on to call the threat, which was emailed to officials, a "pure hoax." After officials analyzed it, they say they found several indications it was a prank and not a jihadist's threat as it claimed. For instance, Allah was spelled with a lowercase "a," notes the AP.
According to LAUSD spokeswoman Shannon Haber, the email is believed to have originated from from an IP address in Frankfurt, Germany.
"We believe fundamentally that we must go about our lives," Mayor de Blasio said, rather than "aide and abet those who want to sow panic."
New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said in a statement the Department of Education is working closely with NYPD and said "there is no reason for alarm."
"As always, the safety of our students and staff both in and around schools is our number one concern and any extra needed security measures will be taken,” Farina said.
Officials in Los Angeles, the largest school system in America outside of New York City, were more concerned about the threat there.
“The threat is still being analyzed,” Los Angeles School Police Chief Steve Zipperman said at the news conference. “We have chosen to close our schools today until we can be sure our campuses are safe.”
The Los Angeles Unified School District claims over 640,000 students at around 1,000 locations.
LA officials said they intend for class to be back in session on Wednesday after all facilities were thoroughly searched.