New York’s Police Commissioner believes a prankster who watches Homeland may have sent a threat to Los Angeles on Tuesday that resulted in a massive closure of more than 900 campuses.
Bill Bratton said New York, like Los Angeles, received a similar threat of violence to its schools a short time after the Los Angeles threat, but he and other officials quickly deemed it a hoax.
“We affirm that we do have an investigation underway, but it’s an investigation into a hoax,” Bratton said. “We do believe the email originated overseas. The language in the email would lead us to believe that it was not a Jihadist. For example, Allah was not spelled with a capital A.'”
Bratton also went on to say the hoax “mirrors a lot of recent episodes of Homeland” and called the decision by Los Angeles Unified School District to shut down its schools “a significant overreaction.” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio went on to say the threat via email appeared “so generic, so outlandish” that they couldn’t take it seriously.
Just to be clear here: there was no threat made on a school district on Homeland this season. There was, however, an ISIS cell that released a video demanding Islamic state recognition or it will release a sarin gas attack. Showtime was not commenting Tuesday.
In Los Angeles, several school board members received emails making “relatively specific and wide-ranging threats to Los Angeles schools,” the Los Angeles Times reported. The shutdown affected more than 700,000 students.