Two U.S. school systems faced the same terrorist threat Tuesday after receiving an email detailing an attack with assault rifles on “every school” with “bombs hidden in backpacks and lockers.” The New York and Los Angeles school system faced a similar threat, but their crisis management teams were not so coinciding.
Though the threat was deemed a hoax, LA Unified School District stood by their decision to close the school for the day. However, New York officials decided to keep the schools open.
Recently, ISIS has been all over the news for acts of terror and viral videos depicting horrendous material. Not to mention, the San Bernardino shooting that consequently took place in California as well. According to the LA Times, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a married couple, opened fire at a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, 2015. Fourteen people were killed and 22 were injured.
According to CBS, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton had the audacity call the move to shut down schools in LA a “significant overreaction” and said the decision there was made before school officials consulted with the LA Police Department.
According to PR Daily, David Katz, a former special agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, told CNN that Los Angeles Unified School District’s superintendent, Ramon Cortines, made “a big mistake”:
“You do not under any circumstance take action unless the threat is corroborated,” Katz said. “For example, if a high-rise office building gets a bomb threat in New York City, the police department is not going to come over and evacuate your building absent some credible information.”
These threats need to be taken more seriously, because I feel like we are not as protected as we once were in this country. Too often we here of rogue school shootings and ISIS attacks on our country. California is still mourning over the San Bernardino shooting, and NYPD officials are scrutinizing them for taking a precautionary action to ensure the safety of their publics.
California does not need the approval of the New York officials and I personally commend them for their decision. They did what they believed was in the best interest of their children and our future generation of this country. These threats should not be taken as lightly as New York has. It is nice to know that they would not evacuate their citizens during a threat especially as we are currently fighting against terrorist organizations.
I side with the California USD’s crisis management team because as cliché as it may seem, I would rather be safe than sorry. Especially when it comes to the safety of the children of this country. Although some may think this will be emotionally traumatizing for the children by shutting down the schools for the day, they will eventually realize the importance of the closing. I can remember back to my second grade year of elementary school when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center. Yes, it was indeed a scary time, but I am grateful now that I was pulled out of school because you never know where the attacks will end. We need to create more security in this country and I believe California is taking the right steps in that direction.
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