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Anxious students undergo weapons search at Gardena High

Nervous students waited in a long line at Gardena High School on Wednesday morning while police officers checked their backpacks and purses for weapons before allowing them on campus.

Most students were anxious about going back into classrooms a day after a gun inside a backpack discharged and wounded two students, one critically.

"The bus today was totally empty. A lot of kids were scared to come," said senior Trenika Richard, 18, who was in the classroom where the student who allegedly brought the gun to school was apprehended. "I'm scared, nervous. But I got to get my education."

For many students, fear was mixed with anger and confusion as they noted that the school rarely, if ever, searched bags or checked bags with electronic wands.

Jesus Sanchez, 17, was in the classroom Tuesday when the gun went off. He said at first he thought a book had been dropped, but then he saw blood.

"They don't really enforce" the wanding system, he said. "They do not check or nothing. I feel scared, but we can't do nothing."

Kenia Crespo, 15, said her parents talked about switching her to another school and asked her to stay home Wednesday.

"We don't know what's going on," she said, adding that she decided to go to school to be near friends. "This shouldn't have happened. Hopefully, they'll do a better job keeping us safe today."


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-- Shan Li in Gardena

Photo: Students go through a security checkpoint at Gardena High School one day after two students were injured by gunfire. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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Wow. Can I ask why parents chose to send their children to a school where the children have to be WANDED prior to entry???????

Stop the madness. Stop PUBLIC EDUCATION.

What a waste of police resources.

The truth is more kids than we know are bringing guns to school. Praise the Lord no one was killed.

"I'm scared, nervous. But I got to get my education."

Yes you do. In English class.

I heard this kid who brought the gun because he had been getting bullied every day by a group of students. And the administration never screened for weapons even though they told the parents they had.

Either way this is a sad story all the way around. Such a strong example of our worthless school system and lousy parents.

Always after the fact. Kind of like taking your shoes off at the airport before boarding. It's never proactive.

Just another excuse to police kids and take away their rights. They are forced to go to a place where there are inept teaching methods and teachers, legally drugged into a zombie state, no one wants to take any responsibility and they are treat like criminals by being policed. No wonder kids are frustrated.
What next every kid taken away from their parents at birth?
This has got to stop!

The cops don't do anything, the schools are in it for the cash. And a gun can be passed through a fence, you can jump a gate or enter though many places. Why are my tax dollars paying to have POLICE overpayed at underperforming schools that need new teachers that actually care, and regular security with metal detectors, period. This needs to be stopped at once, hire private unarmed security. This is overkill just a photo op.

See, this gets on my nerves! The day for the weapons search on this campus should have been...


What good is all of this extra security now?

Typical...checking backpacks after the fact. This enforcement will likely die down in the next 60 days. At which point, the kids that do typically bring weapons to school will start bringing them again.

what a joke the securities should've been checking the student awhile back and now that this incident occurred they want to do the check down. only when reporters are there do they get aggressive

Yeah people never know what a kid might have in his backpack..can be grenades or something. One time in elementary kid took a gun in this backpack and was showing it around.

So what is worse.

A tiny bit of anxiety over a weapons search, or a whole lotta' anxiety about who might be packing heat.

dam every thng one kid doeswe all pay for!! but parents always blam,e it on us when sometimes its their fualt..then they dont want us being at risk out in the street wen at school its worse

this is just wrong



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