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Email threat to LA schools mentioned San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CBS8/CNS) - An unfounded threat of widespread violence targeting Los Angeles schools this week made passing mention about supposed plans to spread the mayhem into San Diego, as well, authorities acknowledged Wednesday. 
   
The anonymous email, sent to Los Angeles Unified School District board members Tuesday, described a supposed scheme to bomb numerous LAUSD campuses and included similarly menacing statements about other Southern California communities and New York.

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Authorities in San Diego -- who did not receive the threatening message themselves but got word of it secondhand -- investigated and decided that the threats were not credible, but took some added local security steps to be on the safe side, according to city officials.
   
"The email, which focused almost entirely on Los Angeles, referred to San Diego in passing, along with other Southern California cities," said Matt Awbrey, spokesman for Mayor Kevin Faulconer's office. 
   
"The San Diego Police Department and San Diego Unified (School District) police did not believe the message posed a credible threat, but in an abundance of caution provided extra patrols at local schools," he said. "San Diego law enforcement will continue to coordinate with state and federal officials and remain vigilant."
   
The threat, which prompted daylong closures of more than 900 LAUSD campuses in the nation's second-largest school district, did not specifically mention San Diego schools, only the city in general.
   
"If you look at the words, it's very vague," SDPD public-affairs Lt. Scott Wahl said.
   
According to Los Angeles-based ABC7, which obtained and released the threatening message in its entirety, the email included the following statement: "If you cancel classes, the bombings will take place regardless, and we will bring our guns to the streets and offices of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Bakersfield and San Diego."

The full text of the threatening email can be read below:

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

I am emailing you to inform you of the happenings on Tuesday, 12/15/15.

Something big is going down. Something very big. It will make national headlines. Perhaps, even international ones. You see, my last 4 years here at one of the district high schools has been absolute hell. Pure, unmitigated, agony. The bullying, the loneliness, the rejection... it is never-ending. And for what? Just because I'm 'different'?

No. No more. I am a devout Muslim, and was once against violence, but I have teamed up with a local jihadist cell as it is the only way I'll be able to accomplish my massacre the correct way. I would not be able to do it alone. Me, and my 32 comrades, will die tomorrow in the name of Allah. Every school in the L.A. Unified district is being targeted. We have bombs hidden in lockers already at several schools. They are strategically placed and are meant to crumble the foundations of the very buildings that monger so much hate and discrimination. They are pressure cooker bombs, hidden in backpacks around the schools. They are loaded with 20 lbs. of gunpowder, for maximum damage. They will be detonated via Cell Phone. Not only are there bombs, but there are nerve gas agents set to go off at a specific time: during lunch hour. To top it off, my brothers in Allah and I have Kalashnikov rifles, Glock 18 Machine pistols, and multiple handheld grenades. The students at every school in the L.A. Unified district will be massacred, mercilessly. And there is nothing you can do to stop it.

If you do end up trying to, by perhaps, beefing up security, or canceling classes for the day, it won't matter. Your security will not be able to stop us. We are an army of Allah. If you cancel classes, the bombings will take place regardless, and we will bring our guns to the streets and offices of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Bakersfield, and San Diego.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's office issued the following statement: 

Unlike Los Angeles and New York City, a threat was not sent to San Diego officials. The email, which focused almost entirely on Los Angeles, referred to San Diego in passing along with other Southern California cities. The San Diego Police Department and San Diego Unified school police did not believe the message posed a credible threat, but in an abundance of caution provided extra patrols at local schools. San Diego law enforcement will continue to coordinate with state and federal officials and remain vigilant.

The San Diego County Office of Education issued the following statement:

Some media are reporting there was a threat to San Diego schools, which is inaccurate. The threat made to LAUSD does not call out local schools. In fact, the San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center notified us yesterday that there weren't any credible threats to the San Diego region. Additionally, we had no reports from any of our districts of any threats made directly to our schools.

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