Officials in Houston and Miami announced on Wednesday that their school districts received threats of violence similar to the ones that closed Los Angeles school districts but have decided to keep schools open.
The Houston Independent School District sent an automated voice message to parents on Wednesday night telling them of the threat. As a result of the threat, law enforcement officers were conducting random sweeps of the building. Additional officers would also be on patrol at schools in the morning.
A tweet issued by the school district said, “Though the threat is not believed to be credible, #HISD encourages you to be vigilant tomorrow and report any suspicious activity to police.”
Classes will resume as normal in Houston for its 213,000 students.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools announced on Wednesday that they too received a threat that they have deemed “less than credible.”
A spokesperson for Miami-Dade County Public Schools said that there were no plans to cancel any classes on Thursday. Additional resources will be on site but it was emphasized that “It will be a regular school day.”
The new threats against Houston and Miami schools come one day after the Los Angeles Unified School District closed more than 1,000 schools after receiving an email threat. That email claimed that there would be an attack by bombs and guns at multiple locations. The threat was later proved to be a hoax.
New York City public schools announced they received the same threat as Los Angeles but dismissed the message and did not close any schools.
There have been no arrests made for any of the threats against public schools.
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