A closer look at New York and Los Angeles school district responses to threats

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - It's back to class today in Los Angeles for 640,000 students, the nation's second largest school district.

The superintendent closed 900-plus schools on Tuesday after an online threat was sent to a school board member. That threat turned out to be a hoax.

Meanwhile, New York City schools also received a similar e-mail threat, but dismissed its seriousness; schools there remained open.

New York's police commissioner, who once ran the Los Angeles Police Department, called the decision to close schools "a significant overreaction," but LA’s police chief called criticism “irresponsible.”

So who's right? Former Chief Medical Officer of Homeland Security Dr. Alexander Garza, who is now Associate Dean for Public Health Practice at Saint Louis University's School of Public Health and Social Justice, visits Fox 2 News in the Morning to discuss the responses from both school districts.