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Student admits there was no suspicious person in woods near Springfield Park Elementary

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Posted at 1:10 PM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 16:41:56-05

HENRICO, Va. — On Tuesday a student at Springfield Park Elementary school reported a suspicious looking person in the woods. Later in the afternoon, the student admitted that no suspicious person was observed today in the woods near Springfield Park Elementary, according to Henrico County Spokesperson Andy Jenks.

“The incident was unfounded,” he said.

The instructional day continued uninterrupted, but police checked it out just as a precaution.

This news came as schools across the country, in Los Angeles, were closed due to threats.

Classes were canceled Tuesday for the Los Angeles Unified School District due to an unspecified threat, school and law enforcement officials said.

An “electronic threat” received early Tuesday prompted the decision, school district police Chief Steve Zipperman said, adding that the threat “is still being analyzed.”

Ramon Cortines, the school district’s superintendent, said he decided to call off classes for all students “based on what has happened recently and what has happened in the past.” He said the threatening “message” was made to “many schools,” none of which were identified by name.