Local Schools on Watch After Threat Against LA School District

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ELK GROVE --

For parents in Northern California, it was hard to watch the chaos in the Los Angeles school system Tuesday and not worry and not wonder what if something similar happened here.

School districts in Northern California feel the same way.

"Once we head the information on the news that was taking place in Los Angeles, we reached out to our parent community," said Xanthi Pinkerton, spokesperson for the Elk Grove Unified School District.

Pinkerton says the district wanted its parents to know it was monitoring the situation.

"And we want to also let parents know, and staff know as well, that we have our school safe plans in place, and we're prepared in any kind of emergency," Pinkerton said.

Part of that plan, and part of the protocol Tuesday, was to pick up the phone and call law enforcement.

Both the schools and police say student safety is the No. 1 priority, and they'll take every threat seriously. Even though they realize most threats will be specious -- playing off our renewed cultural concern over domestic terrorism.

"And that's one of those things that these folks are trying  to do instill fear and intimidation. Through the investigation the suspect will be found, and they'll answer to it. But we can't walk around scared all the time. Be vigilant. Be cognizant," said Sgt. Tony Turnbull, spokesperson for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.