“Do not send your child to school. Please watch the news for further updates.” That was the message sent to the families of hundreds of thousands of Los Angeles kids who were informed that all city schools would be closed for the day after a “credible threat” of violence that came in via email. The threat came in from an IP address in Germany.

+ “New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the emailed threats were ‘so generic, so outlandish’ that they couldn’t be taken seriously.” NYC schools (along with other districts around the country) also received email threats but chose to keep schools open. This is either a story about our vulnerability to violence or a reminder of just how easy it is to terrorize the country’s second largest school district.