A sign is pictured at Venice High School in Los Angeles, California in this file photo from March 13, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn/Files
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Los Angeles shut down the United States' second-largest public school system Tuesday after officials received a threatening email mentioning backpacks and packages, two weeks after a married couple inspired by ISIS killed 14 people in San Bernardino just 60 miles (100 km) away.Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said at a news conference that he was contacted late Monday night about a "very specific threat" delivered by email to school board members.The Los Angeles school district regularly receives threats, but this one stood out for its scale, schools Superintendent Ramon Cortines said.Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti defended the closure.Police Chief Beck said it was "irresponsible" to criticize the decision to close the schools in the aftermath of the Dec. 2 attack on a regional center in San Bernardino, California, east of Los Angeles.School officials said that on Sept. 11, 2001, when many people returned home early from work after the attacks on the East Coast, Los Angeles schools remained open.
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