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Threats Sent to Schools in South Florida, Houston

  • Associated Press

FILE - Parents pick up their children from school early, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. Students in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Houston are heading to school Thursday, hours after school officials in those cities received threats similar to the ones received by the Los Angeles and New York school districts earlier this week.

FILE - Parents pick up their children from school early, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. Students in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Houston are heading to school Thursday, hours after school officials in those cities received threats similar to the ones received by the Los Angeles and New York school districts earlier this week.

Students in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Houston are heading to school Thursday, hours after school officials in those cities received threats similar to the ones received by the Los Angeles and New York school districts earlier this week.

The Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Houston Independent School District announced on their websites that "less-than-credible" threats were received late Wednesday evening, and that schools would be open on Thursday. Officials from Broward County Public Schools said they also received a threat. In a tweet sent Thursday, the district announced that all schools would be open Thursday morning.

Miami school officials said district police immediately contacted federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and promised to deploy extra security to schools Thursday.

In Houston, officials said law enforcement officers were making sweeps of school district buildings to ensure student safety. They encouraged parents and students to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.

On Tuesday morning, the Los Angeles school district closed schools after receiving an email threatening a large-scale attack. New York City schools also received a similar threat but officials there concluded it was a hoax.

It's rare for a major U.S. city to close all its schools because of a threat and it reflected the lingering unease in Southern California following the attack that killed 14 people at a holiday luncheon two weeks ago in San Bernardino.

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