"Chaos this morning: L.A.'s enormous school system closed all its schools today because of a threat," tweets Los Angeles Times' Matt Pearce, sharing the news that all LAUSD schools are closed after a "credible" bomb threat was reported (at 15,000+ shares already). "900+ LA schools serving 640,000 students close because of bomb threat phoned into LA Unified school board member," details James V. Grimaldi from the Wall Street Journal. Karoun Demirjian with the Washington Post reacts, "that's a LOT of schools." "BREAKING: Stay away from ALL LAUSD school campuses until further notice. Possible threat. Buses have been sent," shares Maria Sansone at Good Day LA. "I guess this is the post-global warming equivalent of 'snow days'," surmises WSJ's Jeff Yang. Interestingly, New York City supposedly received the same threat, but had a very different response, with Mayor Bill de Blasio calling their threat "so generic (and) so outlandish" and concluding that it's "very important not to overreact to situations like this." Oh, dang, LA, are you going to let NY get away with saying that?!
Something we can find no humor in, but must mention anyway: a 17-year-old student was killed crossing a street near his school, allegedly after LAUSD closed all the schools. "Horrible detail in story of student struck and killed by truck," points out Shelby Grad at the LA Times. Although Charles Maldonado with The Lens observes, "According to administrator, the kid was on his way to school when he was hit. The closure had nothing to do with it."
Meanwhile, in Flint, Michigan there’s so much lead in children’s blood they’ve declared a state of emergency. "Um: Flint, Mich., changed how it gets its water, and now many people have high levels of lead in their blood," realizes BuzzFeed's Alex Campbell. "This was an intentional act against a poor population," insists SNL Financial's Mark Hand. In other ugliness, a Trump rally erupted into chaos after a messy confrontation between supporters and protesters, which reportedly included shouts of “Shoot him!” “White lives matter!” and “Sieg heil!” Gizmodo's Rose Eveleth muses, "People who came to Trump rally thinking it would be funny realize it is not funny at all." BuzzFeed reporter on the scene McKay Coppins admits, "I followed roughly the same trajectory as these 2 random guys at the Trump rally last night."