Houston, Miami School Districts Receive Threats of Violence Similar to New York, Los Angeles

(ABC News) — School districts in both Houston and Miami reportedly received threats Wednesday similar to those against New York and Los Angeles schools earlier this week.

The Houston Independent School District, the largest school district in Texas and the seventh largest in the U.S., told students and parents that it received a threat similar to other districts across the country, but that it was not believed to be credible. According to a statement, schools will be open Thursday.

As a precaution, the HISD says law enforcement officers “are in the process of conducting random sweeps of school district buildings,” and that additional officers will be on patrol Thursday morning. The district is also encouraging people to report any suspicious activity.

Officials with Miami-Dade County Public Schools reported receiving a threat late Wednesday evening as well, which they described as “similar to those received by other school districts including Los Angeles and New York earlier this week,” in a statement, adding that, “similar threats have been received by Broward County Public Schools and Houston Independent School District.”

“The Miami-Dade Schools Police Department has established communications with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and at this time the threat is deemed as less than credible,” the statement continues. The district expects a “normal school day” on Thursday, and is encouraging parents to send their children to their regularly scheduled classes.

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