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UPDATE: Los Angeles schools cancel classes Tuesday due to threat

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LOS ANGELES (CNN) -

Classes were canceled Tuesday for the Los Angeles Unified School District due to an unspecified threat, a Los Angeles police spokeswoman said.

Details about the threat that prompted the closure weren't immediately known. However, it was enough to spur the school district's leaders not to have students attend classes, according to police spokeswoman Liliana Preciado.

The Los Angeles United School District is one of the biggest in the United States. During the 2011-2012 school year, it had more than 660,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, plus more than 250,000 in adult education programs.

UPDATE (9:50 a.m.) -- 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.

    "It was to students at schools," Cortines said of the threat, which he characterized as "rare."

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