Rep. Brad Sherman cites key differences in LA, New York school threats

File: Rep. Brad Sherman.
File: Rep. Brad Sherman.
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A former chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism says threatening emails sent to school officials in Los Angeles and New York contained important differences.

U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman of California detailed the variations Wednesday, a day after the Los Angeles Unified School District shut down. New York officials dismissed the threat as a hoax.

Sherman says the Los Angeles email claimed the anonymous author had 32 accomplices, while the New York email cited 138 accomplices.

The L.A. writer claimed to be a student of the "Los Angeles Unified district," terminology that Sherman says would be used by someone familiar with the system.

The other email claimed to be from a student of the "New York City School District." Sherman says someone familiar with that system would use "New York City Schools."