What was responsible for school getting shut down for every student in Los Angeles today? According to various reports, a hoax email sent from an anonymous email service called “Cockmail.”
“The preliminary assessment is that it was a hoax or something designed to disrupt school districts in large cities,” U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff said in a statement. “The investigation is ongoing as to where the threat originated from and who was responsible.”
ABC News posted some of the email, noting that it was remarkably similar to a plot line from the TV show Homeland:
“I am a devout Muslim, and was once against violence, but I have teamed up with a local jihadist cell as it is the only way I’ll be able to accomplish my massacre the correct way. Something big is going down. Something very big. It will make national headlines. Perhaps, even international ones.”
The writer of the email also claimed to have been bullied at a district high school, and said there were bombs hidden in lockers and that “nerve gas” would be used.
Authorities have said that the email had several misspellings, including a lower-case “a” in Allah, which suggested it was not a legitimate threat.