Parents wait hours in line to get children at Hale Middle School
A long line of anxious parents snaked around Hale Middle School on Wednesday evening as they waited to be reunited with their children, who had been locked down during the day after a school district officer was shot near El Camino Real High School.
About 1,000 parents, some of whom waited three hours or more, stood in line before entering a multipurpose room, where they wrote down their child's name. The parents then met their children in another room and had to wait in another line and show their IDs before being allowed to leave.
"Whoever is in charge needs to rethink this," David Bates, who waited for three hours, said of school officials overseeing the process. "They are not prepared."
The process at Hale was in contrast to that at nearby El Camino Real, where hundreds of students poured onto the streets at once as a lockdown was lifted.
"This is the LAUSD. What do you expect?" said Art Bykov, standing in line at the middle school.
Some parents, like Samuel Oliva, said the district was doing the best it could and were just glad their children were not harmed.
"If he's safe, I can wait all night," Oliva said of his 12-year-old son.
More than 9,000 students were locked down during the day as hundreds of police officers combed a seven-square-mile area looking for the gunman.
-- Ching-Ching Ni at Hale Middle School