The threat this morning that caused the early closure of Los Angeles' public schools appears to be a hoax, according to a statement from the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who represents a Southern California district in Congress, issued the statement to the media.
"While we continue to gather information about the threat made against the Los Angeles and New York School Departments, the preliminary assessment is that it was a hoax or something designed to disrupt school districts in large cities," Schiff said. "The investigation is ongoing as to where the threat originated from and who was responsible."
Earlier in the day, New York Police Commissioner William Bratton, who formerly served a similar capacity in Los Angeles, said that New York had received a similar threat but that they considered it a hoax.
A spokesperson for Philadelphia's schools said today that the district received no such threats.