LAUSD to review whether all high schools are following district’s weapons-search policy
Los Angeles schools officials are launching an assessment of all high schools in the district to make sure they are following a district policy that requires staff members to conduct random weapons searches every day, incoming Supt. John Deasy announced Wednesday.
The decision comes a day after police said a student accidentally discharged a handgun in a Gardena High School classroom and wounded two students, one critically. A review by district administrators found that Gardena High was violating a 1993 L.A. Unified policy by not conducting daily random weapons searches using portable metal detector wands.
Deasy ordered Gardena High and all other high schools in the district to comply with the policy.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles police arrested two Gardena High students for allegedly aiding the classmate who brought the gun to school Tuesday.
The two students, a boy and a girl, allegedly helped the classmate hide his backpack and change his appearance. Immediately after the shooting, the boy with the gun handed his backpack to an unidentified female classmate. Police later recovered the 9-millimeter Beretta handgun in the hallway but are still seeking the backpack. Authorities said that the other accomplice, a boy, switched clothes with the suspect in an effort to help him escape.
Los Angeles police arrested the 17-year-old boy who brought the gun to class on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, but prosecutors said they have not made a formal decision to charge him with the same count. They plan to review additional police reports and could charge him with a more serious crime, such as attempted murder. It was also unclear whether he would be charged as a juvenile or as an adult.
-- Tony Barboza and Andrew Blankstein